James Johnston Navagh

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James Johnston Navagh
Bishop of Paterson
In officeFebruary 12, 1963 – October 2, 1965
OrdinationDecember 21, 1929
ConsecrationSeptember 24, 1953
by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Personal details
Born(1901-04-04)April 4, 1901
Buffalo, New York
DiedOctober 2, 1965(1965-10-02) (aged 64)
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsGeorge and Catherine Navagh
EducationCanisius College
Alma materNiagara University

James Johnston Navagh (April 4, 1901—October 2, 1965) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Ogdensburg, New York (1957-1963) and Bishop of Paterson, New Jersey (1963-1965).


James Johnston Navagh was born in Buffalo, New York to George and Catherine Navagh.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Canisius College, and a Master of Arts from Niagara University.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on December 21, 1929.[2]

He served as a curate at Holy Cross Church in Buffalo until 1937, when he became pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Brant.[1] He was named the first director of the Missionary Apostolate of the Diocese of Buffalo in 1939, and served as pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Fredonia from 1940 to 1942.[1]

On July 29, 1952, Navagh was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Titular Bishop of Ombi by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 24 from Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, with Bishops Raymond Augustine Kearney and James H. Griffiths serving as co-consecrators.[2] Returning to his native New York, he was named the seventh Bishop of Ogdensburg on May 8, 1957.[2] After five years in Ogdensburg, he was appointed to succeed James A. McNulty as the fourth Bishop of Paterson, New Jersey on February 12, 1963.[2]


Navagh died from a heart attack in Rome while attending the Second Vatican Council, aged 64.


  1. ^ a b c d Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop James Johnston Navagh". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.[self-published source]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonio Ignacio Camargo
Titular Bishop of Ombi
September 24, 1952 – May 2, 1957
Succeeded by
Karol Jozef Wojtyla
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Raleigh
September 24, 1952 – May 2, 1957
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Walter P. Kellenberg
Bishop of Ogdensburg
May 2, 1957 – February 12,1963
Succeeded by
Leo Richard Smith
Preceded by
James A. McNulty
Bishop of Paterson
February 12, 1963 – October 2, 1965
Succeeded by
Lawrence B. Casey