Thomas Anthony Welch

Thomas Anthony Welch

Thomas Anthony Welch (November 2, 1884 September 9, 1959) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Duluth from 1926 until his death in 1959.


Thomas Welch was born in Faribault, Minnesota, to Thomas J. and Ellen (née Deasy) Welch.[1] He studied at College of St. Thomas and St. Paul Seminary, both in St. Paul.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1909.[2]

Welch served as secretary to Archbishop John Ireland (1909–18) and to his successor, Archbishop Austin Dowling (1919–22).[1] He also served as chancellor (1918-1923) and vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.[1] He became a domestic prelate in February 1924.[1]

On December 17, 1925, Welch was appointed the third Bishop of Duluth by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on February 3, 1926 from Archbishop Dowling, with Bishops James O'Reilly and Joseph Francis Busch serving as co-consecrators.[2] During his 33-year tenure, he remedied the financial crisis in the diocese and also constructed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.[3]

Welch died at age 74.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John T. McNicholas
Bishop of Duluth
Succeeded by
Francis Joseph Schenk


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. 1 2 3 "Bishop Thomas Anthony Welch".
  3. "Archbishop expresses gratitude as he says farewell". Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth.
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