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Thomas Charles O'Reilly

Thomas Charles O'Reilly (February 22, 1873 – March 25, 1938) was a Roman Catholic bishop.

O'Reilly was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Patrick and Delia (née Readdy) O'Reilly. After attending Spencerian Business College (1887-1888), he studied at St. Ignatius College (1889-1893) and St. Mary's Seminary (1893-1894) in Cleveland. He then furthered his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Francesco di Paola Cassetta on June 4, 1898.[2] In 1899 he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Propaganda University.

Upon returning to Ohio, he served as a

On December 19, 1927, O'Reilly was appointed the third Bishop of Scranton, Pennsylvania, by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on February 16, 1928 from Cardinal Dennis Joseph Dougherty, with Bishops Joseph Schrembs and Bernard Joseph Mahoney serving as co-consecrators.[2] During his tenure, he established seven parishes and fourteen schools in the diocese, despite the economic ravages of the Great Depression.[3]

However, the increased burden of responsibility took its toll on his health, and his tenure was correspondingly shortened.[3] O'Reilly later died in Miami Beach, Florida, aged 65.[1]


Preceded by
Michael John Hoban
Bishop of Scranton
Succeeded by
William Joseph Hafey
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