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Diocese of Covington at 1125 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011-3115 US - Most Rev. George ALoysius Carrell, S.J., D.D.

Most Rev. George ALoysius Carrell, S.J., D.D.

The First Bishop of Covington

George Aloysius Carrell was born on June 13, 1803 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, a native of Ireland, came to this country in the years before the Revolutionary War. After attending Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg and Georgetown College, George Aloysius was ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 1827, at St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia.

In 1835, Father Carrell became a member of the Society of Jesus. He was appointed the President of the Jesuit run St. Louis University in 1843. In 1847, he was transferred to Cincinnati and assigned to St. Xavier Preparatory School and was named Director of that same institution two years later. Father Carrell’s last appointment in Cincinnati was that of Rector o f St. Xavier College, a position he held from 1851 until his appointment as the first Bishop of Covington on July 29, 1853. Bishop Carrell was consecrated on November 1, 1853 in Cincinnati, by the Archbishop John B. Purcell.

Bishop Carrell died on September 25, 1868 and was buried at the old St. Mary Cathedral in Covington. His remains were later moved to St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.


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