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BINZ, Leo

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BINZ, Leo (Most Reverend). (Stockton, IL, Oct. 31, 1900-North Oaks, IL, Oct. 9, 1979). Archbishop. Binz served as the sixth Archbishop of Dubuque from 1954 to 1962. A LORAS COLLEGE graduate in 1916, attended St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and the North American College in Rome where he was ordained in 1924. He taught at the North American College for two years and then returned to the United States as the assistant pastor in Sterling, Illinois. In 1927 he was the secretary to the Bishop of Rockford, Illinois. Binz was the chancellor of the Rockford diocese from 1928 to 1932. He served in pastoral work the following four years before being assigned as secretary to the Apostolic Delegation in Washington, D.C. It was from this office that he was sent to investigate the problems dealing with Archbishop Francis J.L. BECKMAN. In 1942 he was consecrated the Bishop of Winona, Minnesota.

Binz was appointed coadjutor to the Most Reverend Henry P. ROHLMAN. He was named the Archbishop of Dubuque on December 2, 1949. During the years Binz was archbishop, the enrollment of the archdiocese elementary through high schools increased from 23,000 to 40,000. Parishes spent over $25 million in renovations to their educational facilities.

Binz has been credited with encouraging the development of eleven Catholic high schools in the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE including WAHLERT HIGH SCHOOL and the consolidation of smaller high schools. He was also instrumental in establishing the North American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, Iowa, (1960) and directing the expansion of Catholic Charities' services. To aid small parishes in the archdiocese, Binz founded the Rural Life Committee.

During the Vatican Council (1962-1965), Binz worked on committees considering changes in the teachings of the Catholic Church concerning birth control. Said to be the first priest of the Rockford diocese to become a bishop, Binz left Dubuque in 1962 to head the archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. He was succeeded in Dubuque by the Most Reverend James J. BYRNE.

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Source:

Gallagher, Mary Kevin B.V.M. Seed/Harvest: A History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Dubuque, Iowa: Archdiocese of Dubuque Press, 1987