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Joseph Dwenger

The Brainy Catholic Prelate of the Fort Wayne Diocese Passes Away.

The Rt. Rev. Joseph Dwenger, Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Fort Waye, died at 10:25 Sunday evening of arganic disease of the heart after a protracted illness. Death came quietly and gently.

Joseph Dwenger was born in Auglaize county, O., in 1837. Both his parents died when he was but 12 years old. He became a protégé of the Holy Fathers of the Precious Blood, a religious order of the Catholic church, who reared and educated him. He graduated at St. Mary's, Cincinnati, and was ordained a priest by Archbishop Purcell in 1859. He was immediately apppointed a professor and director in the seminary of his order, which position he held for three years. He subsequently founded a seminary of his order at Carthagenia, O., which continues to flourish to this day. In 1866 he accompanied Archbishop Purcell to the second plenary council of Baltimore as the representative of the order to which he belonged. From 1867 to 1872 Father Dwenger was occupied in missionary work in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Upon the death of Bishop John H. Luers, the then Rev. Joseph Dwenger at the age of 34 years, was appointed Bishop of Fort Wayne. He was consecrated in the Cathedral of Cincinnati by Archbishop Purcell on the 14th of 1872, and immediately took charge of the diocese. He made three official visits to Rome during his lifetime.

The diocese of Fort Wayne comprises the northern half of Indiana, and contains forty-four counties, one hundred and twenty priests, one hundred and thirty churches, twenty chapels, one college, one university, two orphan asylums, and five hospitals. Under his management the diocese was eminently successful and prosperous.

The remains of Rt. Rev. Joseph Dwenger will be placed under the Cathedral at Fort Wayne by the side of Rt. Rev. John H. Luers, the first bishop of Fort Wayne, and the Rev. Julian Benoit, the first vicar-general.

Newspaper: The Tribune
Date of Publication: January 27, 1893
Volume Number: 9
Issue Number: 42
Page: 1
Column(s): 4

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