Past Bishops of Diocese and Archdiocese of Louisville

Benedict Joseph Flaget, S.S.
First Bishop of Bardstown and Louisville, 1810-1850
Born: November 7, 1763
Ordained to priesthood: June 1, 1788
Ordained Bishop of Bardstown: November 4, 1810
Died: February 11, 1850
John Baptist Marie David, S.S.
Coadjutor Bishop, 1819-1834
Born: June 4, 1761
Ordained to priesthood: September 24, 1785
Ordained coadjutor to Bishop of Bardstown: August 15, 1819
Died: July 12, 1841
Guy Ignatius Chabrat, S.S.
Coadjutor Bishop, 1834-1847
Born: December 27, 1787
Ordained to priesthood: December 21, 1811
Ordained coadjutor to Bishop of Bardstown: July 20, 1834
Died: November 21, 1868
Martin John Spalding
Second Bishop of Louisville, 1850-1864
Born: May 23, 1810
Ordained to priesthood: August 13, 1834
Ordained bishop: September 10, 1848
Served as Coadjutor Bishop of Louisville: 1848-1850
Succeeded to See of Louisville: 1850-1864
Installed as Archbishop of Baltimore: July 31, 1864
Died: February 7, 1872
Peter Joseph Lavialle
Third Bishop of Louisville, 1865-1867
Born: July 15, 1820
Ordained to priesthood: February 2, 1844
Ordained Bishop of Louisville: September 24, 1865
Died: May 11, 1867
William George McCloskey
Fourth Bishop of Louisville, 1868-1909
Born: November 10, 1823
Ordained to priesthood: October 6, 1852
Ordained Bishop of Louisville: May 24, 1868
Died: September 17, 1909
Denis O’Donaghue
Fifth Bishop of Louisville: 1910-1924
Born: November 30, 1848
Ordained to priesthood: September 6, 1874
Ordained auxiliary to Bishop of Indianapolis: April 25, 1900
Installed as Fifth Bishop of Louisville: March 29, 1910
Died: November 7, 1925
John Alexander Floersh
Sixth Bishop and First Archbishop, 1924-1967
Born: October 5, 1886
Ordained to priesthood: June 10, 1911
Ordained as Coadjutor Bishop to Bishop of Louisville: April 8, 1923
Succeeded to See of Louisville: July 26, 1924
Elevated to Archbishop of Louisville: December 10, 1937
Died: June 11, 1968
Charles G. Maloney, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Louisville, 1955-1995
Titular Bishop of Bardstown, 1995-2006
Born: September 9, 1912
Ordained to priesthood: December 8, 1937
Ordained auxiliary to Archbishop of Louisville: February 2, 1955
Appointed Titular Bishop of Bardstown: February 2, 1995
Died: April 30, 2006
Thomas J. McDonough
Seventh Bishop and Second Archbishop, 1967-1982
Born: December 5, 1911
Ordained to priesthood: May 26, 1938
Ordained auxiliary to the Bishop of St. Augustine: April 30, 1947
Installed as auxiliary to Bishop of Savannah: February 20, 1957
Installed as Bishop of Savannah: April 27, 1960
Installed as Archbishop of Louisville: May 2, 1967
Died: August 4, 1998

Thomas C. Kelly, O.P.
Eighth Bishop and Third Archbishop, 1982-2007
Born: July 14, 1931
Ordained to priesthood: June 5, 1958
Ordained auxiliary to the Archbishop
of Washington, D.C.:
August 15, 1977
Installed as Archbishop of Louisville: February 18, 1982
Died: December 14, 2011
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Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Ninth Bishop and Fourth Archbishop, 2007-
Born: August 18, 1946
Ordained to priesthood: March 18, 1972
Ordained Bishop of Knoxville: December 8, 1999
Installed as Archbishop of Louisville: August 15, 2007