William Tibertus McCarty

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William Tibertus McCarty, C.Ss.R. (August 11, 1889 – September 14, 1972) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. A Redemptorist, he served as Bishop of Rapid City from 1948 to 1969.


William Tibertus McCarty was born in Crossingville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, to Timothy and Margaret (née Burns) McCarty.[1] He was educated at the seminaries of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, more commonly known as the Redemptorists, in North East; Ilchester, Maryland; and Esopus, New York.[1] He made his profession as a member of the Redemptorists on August 2, 1910 in Ilchester.[1]

He was later ordained to the priesthood in Esopus on June 10, 1915.[2]

McCarty then returned to Pennsylvania and taught at St. Mary's College in North East from 1916 to 1917.[1] He taught at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus (1918-1926), where he also served as prefect of studies (1921-1930).[1] From 1930 to 1933, he was an assistant rector at the Mission Church in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He then returned to Mount St. Alphonsus as its rector, serving between 1933 and 1939.[1] From 1939 to 1943, McCarty served as provincial of the Redemptorists' Eastern Province.[1] During his tenure as provincial, he inaugurated fourteen Redemptorist foundations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.[3]

On January 2, 1943, McCarty was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the U.S. Armed Forces and Titular Bishop of Anaea by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following January 25 from Archbishop Francis Spellman, with Bishops Molloy and O'Hara, C.S.C., serving as co-consecrators.[2]

He was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, on April 10, 1947.[2] McCarty later succeeded the late John Jeremiah Lawler as the fourth Bishop of Rapid City upon the latter's death on March 11, 1948.[2] He attended the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.

After twenty-one years of service, McCarty retired as Bishop of Rapid City on September 11, 1969; he was appointed Titular Bishop of Rotdon by Pope Paul VI on the same date.[2] He resigned his titular see on January 13, 1971.[2] He died in 1972, aged 83.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Bishop William Tibertus McCarty, C.SS.R.". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ "Army & Navy See". TIME Magazine. 1943-01-18. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Jeremiah Lawler
Bishop of Rapid City
Succeeded by
Harold Joseph Dimmerling
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop for the Military Services, USA
1943 – 1947
Succeeded by