Archbishop Edwin Vincent O’Hara

Archbishop Edwin Vincent O'HaraProfile

Youngest of eight children born to the farm family of Owen O’Hara and Margaret Nugent; he and all his siblings attended a one-room school. Ordained a priest in Oregon City, Oregon on 9 June 1905. Superintendent of schools for the diocese from 1905 to 1920. Chair of the Minimum Wage Commission for the State of Oregon and the Portland Housing Commission. Taught catechism to teenagers, and taught classics and history to adults at a local library. Earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Notre Dame. Served as military chaplain in Europe for a year during World War I. Director of the group that became the modern National Catholic Rural Life Conference. Chosen bishop of Great Falls, Montana by Pope Pius XI on 1 August 1930. Chosen bishop of Kansas City, Missouri by Pope Pius XII on 15 April 1939. Chairman of the Episcopal Committee of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Oversaw a revision of the Baltimore Catechism. Chairman of the Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Council. Named assistant at the Pontifical throne by Pope Pius XII in 1949.

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  • “Archbishop Edwin Vincent O’Hara“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 February 2019. Web. 19 October 2020. <>