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John Joseph Graham

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John Joseph Graham
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
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John Joseph Graham (September 11, 1913—August 4, 2000) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1964 to 1988.

Early life and education

John Graham was born in

Graham began his studies for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook.[1] He continued his studies at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, where he earned a doctorate in theology.[2]


On February 26, 1938, Graham was

From 1946 to 1959, Graham was assistant


On November 25, 1963, Graham was appointed

Graham attended the last two sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1964 and 1965.[3] He also served as archdiocesan director of the Catholic Charities Appeal (1964–76), chairman of the Cardinal's Commission on Human Relations (1964–82), a member of the Archdiocesan College of Consultors (1964–99), and a member of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests (1984–99).[2] He was an active supporter of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue.[1]

Later life and death

After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Graham resigned as auxiliary bishop on November 8, 1988.[3] He later died at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby, at age 86.[1]


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