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Joseph Francis Donnelly

Joseph F. Donnelly
Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford
Donnelly in 1970
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular Bishop of Nabala
AppointedNovember 9, 1964
In officeJanuary 28, 1965 – June 30, 1977
OrdinationJune 29, 1934
ConsecrationJanuary 28, 1965
by Henry Joseph O'Brien
Personal details
Born(1909-05-01)May 1, 1909
DiedJune 30, 1977(1977-06-30) (aged 68)
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
MottoOpus Justitiae Pax
(Peace is the Work of Justice)

Joseph Francis Donnelly (May 1, 1909 – June 30, 1977) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford from 1965 to 1977.


Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Donnelly was ordained a priest on June 29, 1934, for the Diocese of Hartford. On November 9, 1964 Pope Paul VI appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Nabala and Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford. He was consecrated a bishop by Henry O'Brien, Archbishop of Hartford, on January 28, 1965. The principal co-consecrators were Vincent Hines, Bishop of Norwich, and John Hackett, Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford.[1] Donnelly was an ardent supporter of farm laborers and served as the Chairman of the Bishop's Committee on Farm Labor.[2] He also spent 20 years on the Connecticut Board of Mediation and Arbitration with fifteen of those years as its chairman. He served as Hartford's auxiliary bishop until his death on June 30, 1977, at the age of 68.[3]


  1. ^ "Bishop Joseph Francis Donnelly". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  2. ^ O'Brien, John J. (2005). George G. Higgins and the Quest for Worker Justice: The Evolution of Catholic Social Thought in America. ISBN 9780742532083. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  3. ^ "Bishops who are not Ordinaries of Sees". Giga-Catholic. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-17.

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