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Diocese of Covington at 1125 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011-3115 US - Most Rev. Francis William Howard, D.D.

Most Rev. Francis William Howard, D.D.

The Fifth Bishop of Covington

Francis William Howard, the fifth Bishop of Covington, was born on June 21, 1867 in Columbus Ohio. He studied for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, Ohio and was ordained by Bishop John Watterson on June 16, 1891 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus.

In 1901, Father Howard organized the first Columbus Diocesan School Board. In the following year, he participated in the organization of the National Catholic Education Association. For the next 42 years, Father Howard held offices in the NCEA, including: Secretary General 1903-1928; President 1928-1936; and an Advisory Board member 1936-1944.

Father Howard was appointed the fifth Bishop of Covington on March 26, 1923. He was consecrated by Archbishop Henry Moeller of Cincinnati on July 15, 1923 at St. Mary Cathedral in Covington. During his years in Covington, Bishop Howard worked energetically to expand and improve the schools of the diocese.

Bishop Howard died on January 18, 1944 and is buried at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

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