Richard Thomas Guilfoyle

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Richard Thomas Guilfoyle (December 22, 1892 – June 10, 1957) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the third bishop of the Diocese of Altoona, Pennsylvania from 1936 to 1957.


Guilfoyle was born near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and studied at St. Bonaventure College in Olean, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1917. He then served as a curate at St. Stephen Church in Oil City until 1921, when he became secretary to Bishop John Mark Gannon. He also served as pastor of St. Peter's Cathedral and chancellor of the Diocese of Erie.

On August 8, 1936, he was appointed Bishop of Altoona by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following November 30 from Archbishop John Mark Gannon, assisted by Archbishop Thomas Walsh and Bishop Francis Joseph Tief. He later died at age 64.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Joseph McCort
Bishop of Altoona
Succeeded by
Howard Joseph Carroll