The Most Reverend John McRaith, bishop emertus of Owensboro and native priest of diocese, dies at age 82

Most Reverend John Jeremiah McRaith, Bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro from 1982 to 2009, died the morning of Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 82.

Bishop McRaith was ordained a priest for the Diocese of New Ulm on Feb. 21, 1960, at the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye, by Bishop Alphonse J. Schladweiler.

Following ordination, he served in the following parishes in the Diocese of New Ulm: Church of St. Mary, Sleepy Eye, serving as superintendent of St. Mary Catholic School; Church of St. Michael, Milroy; and Church of St. Leo, St. Leo.

During his time in the Diocese of New Ulm, he also served the diocesan offices in the following capacities: Director of Rural Life; Vicar General, Chancellor, Coordinator of Diocesan Staff, and Director of the Pastoral Office for Personnel.

He was appointed third bishop of the Diocese of Owensboro, KY on Oct. 26, 1982.

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