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On October 15, 1949, Binz was appointed Titular Archbishop and Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Upon the resignation of Archbishop Henry P. ROHLMAN, Binz succeeded him as the sixth Archbishop of Dubuque on December 2, 1954. (1)
During his seven years as archbishop, Binz distinguished himself particularly in his commitment to Catholic education. He helped develop Catholic high schools in the archdiocese, served as president of the National Catholic Educational Association from 1954 to 1955, and headed the youth department of the National Catholic Welfare Council. (2) He also established the North American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls and expanded Catholic Charities in the archdiocese. 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. After the necessary requirements had been fulfilled, the Sisters of the Visitation of Dubuque were established as a congregation by the Most Reverend Leo Binz, Archbishop of Dubuque, on June 8, 1952. (3)
Binz has been credited with encouraging the development of eleven Catholic high schools in the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE including WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL and the consolidation of smaller high schools. He was also instrumental in 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.
1. "Leo Binz," digplanet. Online: http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/Leo_Binz
2. Gallagher, Mary Kevin B.V.M. Seed/Harvest: A History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Dubuque, Iowa: Archdiocese of Dubuque Press, 1987
3. "Sisters of the Visitation-Dubuque, Iowa. Online: http://www.sistersofthevisitationdbq.org/History/History.html