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DUNN, Francis J.

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DUNN, Francis J. (Elkader, IA, Mar. 22, 1922--Cedar Rapids, IA, Nov. 17, 1989). Bishop Dunn received his college education at LORAS COLLEGE. On January 11, 1948 he was ordained a priest for the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Aloysius FITZGERALD at ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHEDRAL.

Bishop Duunn's first assignments were outside Dubuque. He was associate pastor at St. Cecilia's Church in Ames from 1948-1950 and served two years at St. Martin's Church in Cascade. (1) From 1952 to 1955 he served Nativity Parish in Dubuque as an assistant pastor. In 1956 he was named assistant chancellor and chaplain of ST. ANTHONY'S HOME FOR THE AGED. From 1958 to 1960, he attended graduate school in Canon Law at the Angelicum University in Rome and received a J.C.L. Degree. (2) When he returned he served as head of the Family Life Bureau. From 1961 to 1969 he served as the chaplain for the SISTERS OF CHARITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (BVM) at MOUNT CARMEL MOTHERHOUSE and as Director of Catholic Cemeteries for the archdiocese.

On June 1, 1969 Pope Paul VI named him Titular Bishop of Turris Tamalleni and Auxiliary Bishop of Dubuque. He was ordained a bishop by Archbishop James J. BYRNE in St. Raphael’s Cathedral on August 27, 1969. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Leo BINZ of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Bishop Edward Fitzgerald now of Winona. While he served as auxiliary bishop in Dubuque he was also the vicar general of the archdiocese and pastor of ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Bishop Dunn was a member of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro Life Activities and was listed in the American Catholic "Who's Who" and "Who's Who in America." Dunn was an Executive Member of the United Way in Dubuque and the Chamber of Commerce. (3)

On February 8, 1987, Archbishop Daniel KUCERA announced plans to divide the archdiocese into three regions with a resident bishop in each region. Bishop Dunn served the Cedar Rapids Region, Bishop William Edwin Franklin served the Waterloo Region, and the archbishop in Dubuque.



1. "Bishop Francis J. Dunn." Central School Hall of Fame. Online: https://sites.google.com/a/central.k12.ia.us/central-community-school-s-hall-of-fame/bishop-francis-j-dunn

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

"John Francis Dunn." Wikipedia. Online: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_John_Dunn

"John Francis Dunn." The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Online: http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bdunnf.html