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Henry Damian Juncker

Right Rev. Henry Damian Juncker
Bishop of Alton
File:Bishop Henry Damian Juncker.jpg
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Alton
In office April 26, 1857—October 2, 1868
Predecessor none
Successor Peter Joseph Baltes
Ordination March 16, 1834
Consecration April 26, 1857
Personal details
Born (1809-08-22)August 22, 1809
Fénétrange, Lorraine, France
Died October 2, 1868(1868-10-02) (aged 59)
Alton, Illinois, United States

Henry Damian Juncker (August 22, 1809—October 2, 1868) was a French-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Bishop of Alton, Illinois, serving between 1857 and his death in 1868.

Juncker was born

On January 9, 1857, Juncker was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Alton, Illinois, by Pope Pius IX.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 26 from Bishop Purcell, with Bishops John Henni and Joshua Maria Young serving as co-consecrators.[2] At the time of his arrival, the diocese contained 58 churches, 18 priests, and 50,000 Catholics; by the time of his death, there were 125 churches, over 100 priests, and 80,000 Catholics.[4] He completed the first cathedral in 1859, and founded two men's colleges, six girls' academies, a seminary, two hospitals, and one orphanage.[1]

Juncker later died in Alton, aged 59. He was buried in a vault under his cathedral.[3]


Preceded by
Bishop of Alton
Succeeded by
Peter Joseph Baltes
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