Alexander Joseph McGavick

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Alexander Joseph McGavick (August 22, 1863 – August 25, 1948) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, from 1921 until his death in 1948.


Early life, ordination and ministry[edit]

Alexander McGavick was born in Fox Lake, Illinois, to James and Catherine (née Watt) McGavick, who were Irish immigrants.[1] After receiving his early education in the local public schools, he entered St. Viator College at Kankakee in 1879.[2] He later graduated in 1887 with a Master of Arts degree.[3] On June 11, 1887, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patrick Feehan,[4] he then served as a curate at All Saints Church in Chicago until 1897, when he became pastor of St. John's Church.[3]

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago[edit]

On December 2, 1898, McGavick was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and titular bishop of Marcopolis by Pope Leo XIII,[4] he received his episcopal consecration on May 1, 1899, from Archbishop Feehan, with Bishops Edward Joseph Dunne and Maurice Francis Burke serving as co-consecrators, at Holy Name Cathedral.[4] In addition to his duties as an auxiliary bishop, he became pastor of Holy Angels Church in 1900.[3]

Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin[edit]

Following the death of Bishop James Schwebach, McGavick was named the fourth Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, on November 21, 1921.[4]

Bishop McGavick was the founder of Aquinas High School in La Crosse.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, John Howard, ed. (1902). The Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Comprising the Men and Women of the United States Who Have Been Identified With the Growth of the Nation. V. Boston: Federal Book Company.
  2. ^ Waterman, Arba Nelson (1908). Historical Review of Chicago and Cook County; the Lewis Publishing Company.
  3. ^ a b c Curtis, Georgina Pell (1947). The American Catholic Who's Who. VII. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop Alexander Joseph McGavick".
  5. ^ Aquinas High School .:History: Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Schwebach
Bishop of La Crosse
Succeeded by
John Patrick Treacy
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by