Thomas James Conaty

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Thomas James Conaty
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Conaty around 1905

Thomas James Conaty (August 1, 1847 – September 18, 1915) was the Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles (now the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Monterey) from 1903-1915.


Bishop Conaty was born in the town of Kilnaleck in County Cavan, Ireland, the son of Patrick and Alice Lynch Conaty, aged just two, his family moved to America. He was ordained a priest in December 1872. In 1880 he was the founding pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Worcester, Massachusetts. He became the rector of The Catholic University of America (CUA) in 1896. He was ordained a bishop on November 24, 1901 at the Baltimore Cathedral. The principal consecrator was Cardinal James Gibbons. He remained with the University until his appointment as head of the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles in March 1903.

Until its demolition in 2011, CUA's Conaty Hall, a popular freshman residence hall, was named after him. Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles, California also bears his name.


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
George Thomas Montgomery
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Bishop of Monterey-Los Angeles

Succeeded by
John Joseph Cantwell
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Joseph Keane
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Rector of CUA

Succeeded by
Denis J. O'Connell