Joseph John Fox

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Joseph John Fox
Bishop of Green Bay
In office 1904-1914
Orders
Ordination June 7, 1879
Consecration June 25, 1905
by Archbishop Sebastian Messmer
Personal details
Born (1855-08-02)August 2, 1855
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Died March 14, 1915(1915-03-14) (aged 59)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Paul and Frances (née Bartel) Fox
Education St. Francis Seminary
Alma mater American College of Louvain

Joseph John Fox (August 2, 1855 – March 14, 1915) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1904 to 1914.

Biography[edit]

Early life, ordination and ministry[edit]

Joseph Fox was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Paul and Frances (née Bartel) Fox, who were German immigrants.[1] He received his early education at the parochial school of the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier in his native city.[2] He made his classical studies at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee from 1870 to 1875.[1] He then studied philosophy and theology at the American College of Louvain in Belgium.[2] While in Belgium, he was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1879.[3]

Fox's first assignment, following his return to Wisconsin, was as pastor of St. Kilian Church in New Franken, where he remained for eight months.[1] He afterwards served at St. John the Baptist Church in Green Bay for three years, in addition to serving as secretary to Bishop Francis Krautbauer.[2] In 1883, he became pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Marinette, serving there for eleven years.[1] He served as vicar general of the diocese from 1894 to 1904, and was named a domestic prelate by Pope Leo XIII in 1898.[2]

Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin[edit]

On May 27, 1904, Fox was appointed the fifth Bishop of Green Bay by Pope Pius X.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 25 from Archbishop Sebastian Messmer, with Bishops William Stang and Frederick Eis serving as co-consecrators.[3] He was the first and only native son of the diocese to become its bishop.[4] During his tenure, he built a new episcopal residence, which later became the diocesan chancery (now demolished), and displayed a strong interest in education and advancing the parochial school system.[4]

Fox resigned as Bishop of Green Bay on November 7, 1914; he was appointed Titular Bishop of Ionopolis by Pope Benedict XV on the same date.[3] He later died at age 59.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d History of Brown County, Wisconsin: Past and Present. II. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1913. 
  2. ^ a b c d Leonard, John William, ed. (1906). Who's Who in America. Chicago: A.N. Marquis & Company. 
  3. ^ a b c d Cheney, David M. "Bishop Joseph John Fox". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  4. ^ a b "Bishops of the Diocese of Green Bay". Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sebastian Gebhard Messmer
Bishop of Green Bay
1904–1914
Succeeded by
Paul Peter Rhode