William Patrick O'Connor
The Most Reverend
William Patrick O'Connor
|Bishop of Madison|
|Diocese||Diocese of Madison|
|In office||March 12, 1946 – July 13, 1973|
|Successor||Cletus F. O'Donnell|
|Ordination||March 10, 1912|
|Consecration||March 7, 1942|
by Archbishop Moses E. Kiley
|Born||October 18, 1886|
|Died||July 13, 1973 (aged 86)|
|Buried||Resurrection Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin,|
|Parents||Patrick D. O'Connor & Ellen A. McCarthy|
|Previous post||Bishop of Superior (1946)|
|Alma mater||St. Francis Seminary; Catholic University of America|
William Patrick O'Connor (October 18, 1886 – July 13, 1973), was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Superior (1942–46) and the first bishop of the Diocese of Madison (1946–67).
William O'Connor was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Patrick Dennis and Ellen Anna (née McCarthy) O'Connor. He received his early education at St. John Cathedral School, and then attended Marquette University. He studied for the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary.
Ordination and ministry
He was ordained a priest on March 10, 1912. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Rose Church in Milwaukee, where he remained for four years. During World War I, he served as a chaplain with the 32nd Infantry Division; he was awarded the Croix de guerre medal for bravery in action. He then furthered his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning his degree in 1920. He taught philosophy at St. Francis Seminary for twenty years, and was named pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Milwaukee in 1941. He became president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in 1939.
Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin
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Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin
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On February 22, 1946, O'Connor was appointed the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Madison, by Pope Pius XII. On February 18, 1967, Bishop O'Connor retired. He died in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Curtis, Georgina Pell (1947). The American Catholic Who's Who. VII. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
- "Bishop O'Connor Dies at 86". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. July 14, 1973.
- "Bishop William Patrick O'Connor". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
- "History". Catholic Diocese of Superior. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
- "A Brief History of the Diocese". Cathedral Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Madison. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
- "The Diocese of Madison was born out of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of La Crosse on January 9, 1946". Diocese of Madison. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Madison
Cletus F. O'Donnell
Theodore H. Reverman
| Bishop of Superior
Albert Gregory Meyer