Former Bishops

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Learn how the Fall River Diocese has evolved in the 111 years since its establishment by now-Saint Pope Pius X.

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Coleman 160

Most Reverend George W. Coleman

Bishop Emeritus of Fall River

Seventh Bishop of Fall River
2003-2014
• Born February 1, 1939 in Fall River, Massachusetts
• Ordained December 16, 1964
• Appointed Bishop of Fall River April 30, 2003
• Ordained and Installed July 22, 2003
• Retired July 3, 2014

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BpOMalley 160b

Most Reverend Sean P. O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap.

Cardinal Archbishop of Boston

Sixth Bishop of Fall River
1992-2002
• Born June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio
• Ordained August 29, 1970
• Ordained Coadjutor Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
August 2, 1984
• Succeeded to the See of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
October 16, 1985
• Appointed Bishop of Fall River June 16, 1992
• Installed August 11, 1992
• Appointed Bishop of Palm Beach September 3, 2002
• Installed October 19, 2002
• Appointed Archbishop of Boston July 1, 2003
• Installed July 30, 2003
• Appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Vittoria March 24, 2006

BpCronin 160b

Most Reverend Daniel A. Cronin

Archbishop Emeritus of Hartford

Fifth Bishop of Fall River
1970-1991
• Born November 14, 1927 in Newton, Massachusetts
• Ordained December 20, 1952
• Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Boston June 10, 1968
• Ordained September 12, 1968
• Appointed Bishop of Fall River October 30, 1970
• Installed December 16, 1970
• Appointed Archbishop of Hartford December 10, 1991
• Installed January 28, 1992
• Retired October 20, 2003

BpConnolly 160b

Most Reverend James L. Connolly

Fourth Bishop of Fall River
1951-1970
• Born November 15, 1894 in Fall River, Massachusetts
• Ordained December 21, 1923
• Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Fall River April 18, 1945
• Ordained May 24, 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota
• Succeeded to the See of Fall River May 17, 1951
• Retired October 30, 1970
• Died September 12, 1986

BpCassidy 160b

Most Reverend James E. Cassidy

Third Bishop of Fall River
1934-1951
• Born August 1, 1869 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
• Ordained September 8, 1898
• Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Fall River March 21, 1930
• Ordained May 27, 1930
• Appointed Apostolic Administrator October 3, 1930
• Appointed Bishop of Fall River July 28, 1934
• Installed September 2, 1934
• Died May 17, 1951

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Most Reverend Daniel F. Feehan

Second Bishop of Fall River
1907-1934
• Born September 24, 1855 in Athol, Massachusetts
• Ordained December 20, 1879
• Appointed Bishop of Fall River July 2, 1907
• Ordained and Installed September 19, 1907
• Died July 19, 1934

BpStang 160b

Most Reverend William Stang

First Bishop of Fall River
1904-1907
• Born April 21, 1854 in Langenbrucken, Germany
• Ordained June 15, 1878
• Appointed Bishop of Fall River March 12, 1904
• Ordained May 1, 1904 in Providence, R.I.
• Installed May 8, 1904
• Died February 2, 1907

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PO Box 2577
Fall River, MA 02722

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