Former Bishops2017-06-15T16:14:58+00:00

Former Bishops

Rt. Rev. Richard Vincent Whelan
Rt. Rev. Richard Vincent Whelan
D.D. Consecrated March 21, 1841, Bishop of Richmond. Made First Bishop of Wheeling in 1850. Died July 7, 1874.
Rt. Rev. John Joseph Kain
Rt. Rev. John Joseph Kain
D.D. Consecrated May 23, 1875, for the Diocese of Wheeling. Transferred June 15, 1893, to the Titular Archiepiscopal See of Oxyrynchia. Appointed July 6, 1893, Coadjutor cum jure successionis to the Most Rev. Archbishop of St. Louis. Succeeded as Archbishop of St. Louis May 21, 1895. Died October 13, 1903.
Rt. Rev. Patrick James Donahue
Rt. Rev. Patrick James Donahue
D.D. Consecrated April 8, 1894, for the Diocese of Wheeling. Died October 4, 1922.
Most Rev. John Joseph Swint
Most Rev. John Joseph Swint
D.D. Appointed Titular Bishop of Sura and Auxiliary Bishop of Wheeling February 22, 1922. Consecrated May 11, 1922. Appointed Bishop of Wheeling December 11, 1922. Appointed Assistant at the Pontifical Throne June 14, 1929. Promoted to rank of Archbishop “ad personam” March 12, 1954. Died November 23, 1962.
Most Rev. Thomas John McDonnell
Most Rev. Thomas John McDonnell
D.D. Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New York June 21, 1947. Consecrated September 15, 1947. Appointed Coadjutor cum jure successionis to the Diocese of Wheeling March 7, 1951. Died February 25, 1961.
Most Rev. Joseph H. Hodges
Most Rev. Joseph H. Hodges
D.D. Ordained December 8, 1935. Appointed Titular Bishop of Rusadus and Auxiliary of Richmond August 8, 1952. Ordained to the episcopacy October 15, 1952. Appointed Coadjutor cum jure successionis to the Bishop of Wheeling on May 24, 1961. Succeeded to the See of Wheeling on November 23, 1962. Died January 27, 1985.
Most Rev. James E. Michaels
Most Rev. James E. Michaels
D.D., S.S.C. Ordained to the priesthood December 21, 1951. Appointed Titular Bishop of Verbe and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Kwangju, Korea, on February 15, 1966. Ordained to the episcopacy on April 14, 1966. Appointed Auxiliary to the Bishop of Wheeling March 26, 1973. Resigned as Auxiliary Bishop to embrace a life of solitude and prayer on the grounds of a Trappist Monastery September 22, 1987. Died September 21, 2010.
Most Rev. Francis B. Schulte
Most Rev. Francis B. Schulte
D.D. Ordained to the priesthood May 10, 1952. Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Afufenia June 27, 1981. Ordained to the episcopacy August 12, 1981. Appointed Sixth Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston June 4, 1985. Installed July 31, 1985. Appointed Twelfth Archbishop of New Orleans December 13, 1988. Installed February 14, 1989.
Bishop Emeritus Bernard William Schmitt
Bishop Emeritus Bernard William Schmitt
Consecrated on August 1, 1988 at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, Wheeling, West Virginia by Francis Bible Schulte, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, assisted by William D. Borders, Archbishop of Baltimore, and Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh. Died August 16, 2011