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Philip R. McDevitt

Philip R. McDevitt
Appointed July 10, 1916
Predecessor John W. Shanahan
Successor George L. Leech
Ordination July 14, 1885
Personal details
Born 12 July 1858(1858-07-12)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died 11 November 1835(1835-11-11)
Denomination Roman Catholic

Philip Richard McDevitt (July 12, 1858 – November 11, 1935) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Harrisburg from 1916 until his death in 1935.


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On July 10, 1916, McDevitt was appointed the fourth Bishop of Harrisburg by Pope Benedict XV.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 21 from Archbishop Edmond Francis Prendergast, with Bishops John Joseph McCort and John Edmund Fitzmaurice serving as co-consecrators.[2] During his 19-year-long tenure, he established ten parishes and twelve schools.[1] In 1925 he created the Mission Board to respond to financial needs caused by the Great Depression.[3] He also served as chairman of the Catholic Press Department within the National Catholic Welfare Conference, and president of the American Catholic Historical Association.

McDevitt later died at age 77, and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harrisburg. Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg and Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote are both named in his honor.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John W. Shanahan
Bishop of Harrisburg
Succeeded by
George L. Leech

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