John Joseph McCort
Right Rev. John Joseph McCort
|Bishop of Altoona|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||October 22, 1920—April 21, 1936|
|Predecessor||Eugene A. Garvey|
|Successor||Richard Thomas Guilfoyle|
|Ordination||October 14, 1883|
|Consecration||September 17, 1912|
|Born||February 16, 1860|
|Died||April 21, 1936 (aged 76)|
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia (1912-1920)|
Coadjutor Bishop of Altoona (1920)
McCort was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John and Sarah (McCrystal) McCort. After studying at La Salle College, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary at Overbrook in 1876. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Jeremiah F. Shanahan on October 14, 1883. He then served as a professor at St. Charles Seminary until 1899, when he became rector of Our Mother of Sorrows Church. He was named a Domestic Prelate of His Holiness in 1910, and vicar general of the Diocese of Philadelphia in 1911.
On June 28, 1912, McCort was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Azotus by Pope Pius X. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 17 from Archbishop Edmond Francis Prendergast, with Bishop John W. Shanahan and John Edmund Fitzmaurice serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.
McCort was named Coadjutor Bishop of Altoona on January 27, 1920, and succeeded the late Eugene A. Garvey as the second Bishop of Altoona on October 22 of that year. He remained at Altoona until his death at age 76.
|Catholic Church titles|
Eugene A. Garvey
| Bishop of Altoona
Richard Thomas Guilfoyle
| Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia