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Diocese of Covington at 1125 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011-3115 US - Most Rev. Augustus Maria Toebbe, D.D.

Most Rev. Augustus Maria Toebbe, D.D.

The Second Bishop of Covington

Augustus Maria Toebbe was born on January 15, 1829 at Meppen in the Emsland Province of Hanover. In 1852, he immigrated to the United States in order to study for the priesthood and work in the American missions. Accepted by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Augustus began studying at St. Mary Seminary. On the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 1854, he was ordained by Archbishop John B. Purcell.

Most of his early priestly career was spent at the German Parish of St. Philomena in Cincinnati. In the year 1866, Father Toebbe served as a member of the Council of Theologians for the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore.

On November 24, 1869, Father Toebbe received word from Rome that he had been appointed the second Bishop of Covington. The ceremonies of consecration were conducted by Bishop Sylvester Rosecrans of Columbus, Ohio on January 9, 1870. On that same day he was installed at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Eighth Street in Covington.

Bishop Toebbe died on May 2, 1884 and was laid to rest in the burial vault at St. Mary Cathedral. His remains were later moved to St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

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