Former Ordinaries - Bishops and Archbishops

Most Reverend Emilio S. Allué, SDB  
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, September 17, 1996 
Appointed Titular Bishop of Croë and Episcopal Vicar for the Hispanic Apostolate
Ordained December 22, 1966
Died April 26, 2020  

Most Reverend Walter J. Edyvean 
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Boston,  September 14, 2001 
Appointed Titular Bishop of Aeliae and Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Ordained  December 16, 1964
Died February 2, 2019  

Most Reverend John P. Boles, DD  
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, May 21, 1992 
Appointed Titular Bishop of Novasparsa and Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
April 14, 1992
Ordained February 2, 1955
Died October 9, 2014  

Headshot of Cardinal Law

His Eminence Bernard Francis Cardinal Law
Ordained May 21, 1961
Appointed Fourth Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, October 22, 1973.
Ordained bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Dec. 5, 1973
Appointed eighth bishop and fifth archbishop of Boston January 11, 1984
Installed March 23, 1984
Named Cardinal Priest, May 25, 1985; Titular Church, Santa Susanna
Resigned Dec. 13, 2002 

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His Eminence Humberto Sousa Cardinal Medeiros
Ordained June 15, 1946
Appointed second Bishop of Brownsville, Texas on April 14, 1966
Ordained bishop June 9, 1966
Named seventh Bishop and fourth Archbishop of Boston, Sept. 8, 1970
Installed October 7, 1970.
Named Cardinal March 5, 1973, Titular Church, Santa Susanna
Died Sept. 17, 1983

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His Eminence Richard James Cardinal Cushing
Ordained May 26, 1921
Appointed Titular Bishop of Mela and Auxiliary of Boston, June 10, 1939
Ordained bishop June 29, 1939
Appointed sixth Bishop and third Archbishop of Boston, Sept. 25, 1944
Named Cardinal Dec. 15, 1958, Titular Church, Santa Susanna
Died Nov. 2, 1970

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His Eminence William Henry Cardinal O'Connell
Ordained June 7, 1884
Appointed third Bishop of Portland, Maine, Feb. 8, 1901
Ordained bishop May 19, 1901
Appointed Titular Archbishop of Constantia and Coadjutor with right of succession to the Archbishop of Boston, Feb. 8, 1906
Fifth bishop and second Archbishop of Boston, Aug. 30, 1907
Named Cardinal Nov. 27, 1911, Titular Church, San Clemente
Died April 22, 1944

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Most Rev. John Joseph Williams
Ordained May 17, 1845
Appointed Titular Bishop of Tripolis and Coadjutor of Boston, Jan. 8, 1866
Ordained fourth Bishop of Boston, March 11, 1866
Named first Archbishop of Boston, Feb. 12, 1875
Died Aug. 30, 1907

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Most Rev. John Bernard Fitzpatrick
Ordained June 13, 1840
Appointed Titular Bishop of Callipolis and Coadjutor of Boston, Nov. 21, 1843
Ordained bishop March 24,1844
Appointed third Bishop of Boston, Aug. 11, 1846
Died Feb. 13, 1866

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Most Rev. Benedict Joseph Fenwick, SJ
Ordained June 11, 1808
Appointed second Bishop of Boston, May 10, 1825
Ordained bishop Nov. 1, 1825
Died Aug. 11, 1846

 

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His Eminence John Lefevre Cardinal de Cheverus
Ordained Dec. 18, 1790
Appointed first Bishop of Boston, Apr. 8, 1808
Ordained bishop Nov. 1, 1810
Apostolic Administrator of New York, NY (1810-1815)
Transferred to Montauban, May 3, 1823
Appointed Archbishop of Bordeaux, Oct. 2, 1826
Named Cardinal, Feb. 1, 1836, (died before receiving red hat and titular church)
Died July 19, 1836