John Joseph Boylan

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John Joseph Boylan (born October 7, 1889 in New York City , United States , † July 19, 1953 in Rhode Island ) was an American clergyman and Roman Catholic bishop of Rockford .


John Joseph Boylan studied at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester . Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Francis Doran donated him on July 28, 1915 in Providence the ordination for the diocese of Des Moines .

After a brief activity as a chaplain, he went to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo in Rome, where he received his doctorate theologiae . From September 1918 he taught at Des Moines College . During this time he completed further studies at Iowa State University and Harvard University and was awarded a Ph.D. PhD. From 1923 he was president of his college , now renamed Dowling College , for twenty years .

Pope Pius XI awarded him the honorary title of Monsignor in 1933 . The following year, Bishop Gerald Thomas Bergan appointed him vicar general of the Diocese of Des Moines in addition to his office as university president . In 1941 Pope Pius XII appointed him . in appreciation of his services to the Catholic education as Apostolic Protonotary .

On November 21, 1942, Pope Pius XII appointed him. to the Bishop of Rockford . Bishop Gerald Thomas Bergan ordained him episcopal on February 17 of the following year . Co- consecrators were Henry Patrick Rohlman , Bishop of Davenport , and Edmond Heelan , Bishop of Sioux City . The inauguration at Rockford Cathedral took place a week later.

Boylan's term of office was marked by the increase in the number of Catholics and the resulting expansion of pastoral care, the school system and charitable institutions. Due to the Second World War and the economic decline in the first post-war years, he had to cope with financial difficulties. After surviving major surgery in late 1952 and apparently recovering, he died unexpectedly while visiting his family in Rhode Island.

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  1. a b c d The Most Reverend John J. Boylan, DD, Ph.D. Third Bishop of Rockford. In: Homepage. Rockford Diocese , accessed April 7, 2018 .
predecessor Office successor
Edward Francis Hoban Bishop of Rockford
Raymond Peter Hillinger