Eugene A. Garvey

Eugene A. Garvey
Bishop of Altoona
In office 1901-1920
Ordination September 22, 1869
by Bishop William O'Hara
Consecration September 8, 1902
by Archbishop Sebastiano Martinelli, O.S.A.
Personal details
Born (1845-10-05)October 5, 1845
Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Died October 22, 1920(1920-10-22) (aged 75)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Michael and Catherine (née Boylan) Garvey
Education Scranton High School
Alma mater St. Charles College

Eugene Augustine Garvey (October 5, 1845 October 22, 1920) was an Irish American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first Bishop of Altoona, Pennsylvania (1901-1920).


One of five children, Garvey was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Michael and Catherine (née Boylan) Garvey, who were Irish immigrants.[1] He was raised in nearby Dunmore, where he received his early education.[2] After graduating from Scranton High School, he studied at St. Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland and at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania.[3]

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William O'Hara on September 22, 1869.[4] He then served as a curate in Hawley before being transferred to Athens in 1871.[1] He was pastor of Annunciation Church in Williamsport from 1871 until 1899, when he became vicar general of the Diocese of Scranton and rector of St. John's Church in Pittston.[2] He was named a monsignor in 1900.[2]

On May 31, 1901, Garvey was appointed the first Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Altoona by Pope Leo XIII.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 8 from Archbishop Sebastiano Martinelli, O.S.A., with Bishop Michael John Hoban and John Edmund Fitzmaurice serving as co-consecrators, at St. Peter's Cathedral.[4] He served as Bishop for 19 years, until his death at age 75.


  1. 1 2 Leonard, John William (1905). "GARVEY, Eugene A.". Who's Who in America, 1903-1905. Chicago.
  2. 1 2 3 Thorne, William Henry (1901). The Globe. New York. XI. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. O'Donnell, John Hugh (1922). "The Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1790-1922". The Catholic University of America Studies in American Church History. Washington, D.C. IV.
  4. 1 2 3 "Bishop Eugene Augustine Garvey".
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Altoona
Succeeded by
John Joseph McCort
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