John Joseph McCort

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Right Rev. John Joseph McCort
Bishop of Altoona
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
In officeOctober 22, 1920—April 21, 1936
PredecessorEugene A. Garvey
SuccessorRichard Thomas Guilfoyle
OrdinationOctober 14, 1883
ConsecrationSeptember 17, 1912
Personal details
Born(1860-02-16)February 16, 1860
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 21, 1936(1936-04-21) (aged 76)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia (1912-1920)
Coadjutor Bishop of Altoona (1920)

John Joseph McCort (February 16, 1860 – April 21, 1936) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Altoona, Pennsylvania, from 1920 until his death in 1936.


McCort was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John and Sarah (McCrystal) McCort. After studying at La Salle College, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary at Overbrook in 1876.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Jeremiah F. Shanahan on October 14, 1883.[2] He then served as a professor at St. Charles Seminary until 1899, when he became rector of Our Mother of Sorrows Church,[1] he was named a Domestic Prelate of His Holiness in 1910, and vicar general of the Diocese of Philadelphia in 1911.[1]

On June 28, 1912, McCort was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Azotus by Pope Pius X,[2] he received his episcopal consecration on the following September 17 from Archbishop Edmond Francis Prendergast, with Bishop John W. Shanahan and John Edmund Fitzmaurice serving as co-consecrators, at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.[2]

McCort was named Coadjutor Bishop of Altoona on January 27, 1920, and succeeded the late Eugene A. Garvey as the second Bishop of Altoona on October 22 of that year.[2] He remained at Altoona until his death at age 76.


  1. ^ a b c "The Philadelphia Theological Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo". St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. 1917.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop John Joseph McCort".[self-published source]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Eugene A. Garvey
Bishop of Altoona
Succeeded by
Richard Thomas Guilfoyle
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by