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The Catholic times. [volume] (Columbus, Ohio) 1951-current, May 03, 1957, Memorial Issue, Image 18

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Bishop Often Related
Christian Principles
To Everyday Life
Aside from the many parish churches and schools he
established, and numerous good works, Bishop Ready will
probably be remembered best for his outstanding facility to
make a speech
A* an orator in the pulpit,
guest speaker at a graduation
ceremony, or in a public state
ment, he had no equal in Central
Ohio. He had an astonishing com
mand of the language, as well as
a wealth of ideas on subjects ex
tremely important to society.
When he talked, the community
The sacred permanence of mar
riage, the sanctity of the home
and the rights of children to a
Christian education were among
hs ivorite topics.
His views on religious education,
as an example were gxpressed in
Msgr. (]asey
First to Greet
Bishop Ready
Monsignor Joseph Casey, pas
tor of St. Catharine's parish, Co
lumbus, served the diocese of Co
lumbus as chancellor in 1944 and
officially greeted Bishop Ready
at the banquet honoring the new
prelate in Washington
Monsignor Casey, in welcoming
Bishop Ready, said: “It is difficult
indeed to give adequate expres
gion to the sentiments of deep and
sincere joy that spring from our
hearts on this occasion ... the
solemn rites of this morning,
which raised Monsignor Ready to
the position and dignity he as
sumes the high honors he has
so richly merited.
a little less than a year
ego the mournful toll of the
great bell of our Cathedral
struck real sorrow into the
hearts of the faithful of the di
ocese with the passing of
th* venerable prelate who had
shepherded his diocese Bish
op Hartley.
“We [eel that our diocese is sin
gularly blessed in the naming of a
inan so well equipped to carry the
burdens that are the lot of every
“. and so, Io Your Excellen
ty, we bring our warmest congrat
vlations assurance of the
friendliest welcome and un
failing cooperation of the entire
flergy, religious, and laity.”
a talk at the cornerstone laying of
Bishop Watterson High School.
“We Americans would not wish
to live in a country where God is
banned, and the teaching of relig
ion proscribed,” he asserted.
As general secretary of the
NCWC, he often appeared before
congressional committees to rep
resent the Catholic viewpoint on
legislation, and proposals affect,
ing education, immigration and
federal housing.
He denounced Facism, Nazism,
and all totalitarian forms of gov
ernment, and took Russia to task
for its dealings with Poland when
Russia was regarded as a United
States ally in 1944.
Copies Available
This special memorial is
sue of the Catholic Times is
being mailed to all sub
scribers. Additional copies
of this issue honoring the
memory of Bishop Ready
may be secured at the of
fice of the Catholic Times,
246 E. Town Street, Colum
BiMliop’rt Firat Ordinations
Make Headlines
Bishop Ready’s first ordination
class made most of the country’s
Catholic newspapers because of the
presence of twin brothers—Rev.
Bernard and Rev. Charles Jones.
Rev. Bennett C- Applegate and
Rev. Elmer Boyden completed the
first class in February of 1945.
First Confirmation At
Lockbourne Air Bane
Our lady, Queen of the Skies
chapel, Ixickbourne airbase, was
the scene o( the first confirmation
class administered by Bishop
Ready on May 4, 1945
Twenty airmen, four WACs and
eight civilians made up the first
Five Deaneries Organized
Bishop Ready organized the
Deanery system into the Diocese
on August 3, 1945. The Diocese is
now divided into five deaneries.
Discuss Church Welfare
Bishop Ready, Archbishop Karl Aitor of Cincinnati and
Amos Hollern, Executive Secretary of the Ohio Catholic
Welfare Conference discussed current problems of the
Church in Ohio at the last OCWC meeting earlier this year.
The bishop was a constant voice for the welfare of the
working class and the safeguard of the moral wellbeing of
•he community.
Bishop elect Ready succeeded the
late Bishop James J. Hartley, who
hjd served as Ordinary of the Co
lumbus Diocese for forty years
prior to his death in Columbus on
Jan 12, 1944
Bishop Hettinger, Auxiliary
Rishop of Columbus, served the dio
cese as administrator during the
Bishop Ready had presided for
nearly a decade over the head
quarters of the National Catho
lic Welfare Conerence. His par
participation in various interna
tional conferences had caused
him to bo well-known in other
Archbishop Cicognani served s
consecrator for Bishop elect Ready
in St Matthew’s Cathedral in Wash
ington Co-consecrators were Arch
bishop John T. McNicholas, O.P.,
Cincinnati, and Bishop Edward F.
Hoban, coadjutor of Cleveland.
Edward Cardinal Archbishop
Mooney of Detroit, preached the
sermon at the consecration
Monsignor Michael Ready al
so served as secretary of the board
of trustees of the National Cath
olic Community Service (a U.S.O.
agency) secretary of the board
of trustees Of the War Relief Serv
ices -NCWC president of the
board of trustees of the National
Catholic School of Social Service
in Washington and a member of
the board of directors of the Na
tional Refugee Service. Inc, New
He had been called upon to ad
dress national congresses and con
ventions in every section of the
country. In January of 1941, he
gave the benediction at President
Roosevelt's inauguration at the
Capitol In 1942 he was selected to
give the sermon at the national
service held at the Catholic univer
sity of America, commemorating
the third anniversary of the coron
ation of Pope Pius Xll
He appeared often before com
mittees of Congress to represent
THE CATHOLIC TIMES Friday, May 3, 1957
Au Outstanding Orator
Bishop Ready delivers the Juno commencement ad
dress at Ohio State University in 1947. The Bishop never
failed to give a Catholic viewpoint when ho thought moral
injustice was being done.
Bishop Was Well Known
Before His Elevation
Monsignor Michael J. Ready’s appointment as Bishop of
the Columbus Diocese was announced Saturday, Nov. 18, 1944
by the Most Rev. Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, D.D., Apostolic
Delegate, in Washington.
At that time Monsignor Ready
was serving as general secretary
of the National Catholic Welfare
Conference in Washington and
already was one of the most
widely known clergymen in the
United States^
the Catholic viewpoint on legisla
tion and proposals affecting immi
gration, education, federal housing
and other matters of national im
His efforts on behalf of divinity
and theological students for ex
emption from military service,
bore fruit when congress voted to
exempt alt who fell under this
In 1943, on the silve jubilee of
his priesthood, he received the con.
gratulations of Pipe Pius XII and
President Roosevelt.
New Convents, 1945-1957
Sisters of St. Francis of the
Blessed Sacrament, Portsmouth,
Little Sisters of the Poor Child
Jesus, established U. S. provinci
late in 1956 and convent on Olen
tangy River Rd., Columbus.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Colum
bus established Motherhouse here
in 1956. Villa Madonna, adjoining
St. Charles College Seminry.
Holy Family Convent, Columbus.
Our lady of Peace Convent, Co
Holy Rosary Convent. Columbus.
St. Nicholas Convent, Zanesville.
St. John the Evangelist Con
vent. Columbus.
St. Joseph Convent, Dover.
St. Mary Convent. Marion.
St. Mary Convent, Lancaster.
St. Mary Convent, Delaware.
St. Vincent De Paul Convent, Mt.
St. Thomas the Apostle Convent,
Immaculate Conception Convent,
New High Schools
From 1945-1957
Bishop Watterson —1953 (and
teachers’ residence)
Bishop Rosecrans, Zanesville,
1950 (merger of St. Thomas
and St. Nicholas)
Bishop Hartley—1957
Notre Dame, Portsmouth—1953
Two new high schools under
construction in Marion and
(Continued from page 5)
must be all of those who knew
him. The community became a bet
ter place due to his efforts. My
Christian love and sympathy to his
friends, family and co-workers. I
am deeply sorry.”
Preston Wolfe, president, Dis
patch Printing Co.:
“Bishop Ready’s influence on Co
lumbus and this Diocese is express
ed not only in his Christian labors
among his fellowmen, but in th®
church, school and charitable mon
uments erected during his tenure
which will remain forever as me
morials to his faith and devotion.
“His passing is the personally
felt loss of countless thousands of
our citizens who were associated
closely with him and held him in
the highest esteem for his civia
Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC,
president University of Notre
Dame: The priests, lay faculty,
alumni, and students of Notre
Dame bow in mourning .at word of
Bishop Ready’s death. We join the
faithful of the Diocese of Colum
bus and with his admirers every
where in fervent, grateful remem
brances, -asking that he may en
joy a bounteous eternal reward for
his numberfess fruitful accomplish
ments and his exemplary, priestly
life as an outstanding leader of
the Church. Please accept for your
self and all of the Diocese our
most affectionate, prayerful sym
pathy in your great loss.
Martin H. Work, executive direc
tor National Council of Catholia
Men: On behalf of our officers,
members and staff of the National
Council of Catholic Men, I extend
to you, the priests and laity of th®
Diocese of Columbus, our heartfelt
sympathy on the death of our be
loved Bishop Ready. He will be
missed very much not only by the
people in the Diocese but by NCCM
in which he took such interest. Ha
was a constant source of encour
agement to our work in the lay
apostolate. We have asked Monsig
nor Carroll to say a special Mass
for the repose of the soul of Bish
op Ready.
Archbishop Ieo Binz, Dubuque,
Iowa: Archbishop Rohlman end
Bishop Biskup join with me in
extending heartfelt sympathy to
your Excellency and to the bereav
ed Diocese of Columbus. Will offer
Mass for Bishop Ready earliest
Mother Mary Romana, mother
general: The Sisters of Charity
mourn the loss of Bishop Ready.
Mass will be offered here and alt
the sisters join in prayer for the
repose of the soul of this beloved
Father Retian, national director
Holy Childhood Association: It is
with sincere regret that I learned
yesterday of the death of Bishop
Ready. I hasten to express my deep
sympathy and that of the entire
membership of the Holy Child
hood. His Excellency was a real
friend of the Association. It’s
American branch cannot and never
shall forget him. During the com
ing week I will offer the Holy Sac
rifice of the Mass for the eternal
repost of Bishop Ready’s soul and
shall recommend the same intent
ion to the prayers of all the mem
bers and promoters of the Holy
Mother Gonzaga: Our heartfelt
sympathy to you and the priest®
and faithful of the Diocese of Co
lumbus in the loss of your, and
their beloved Bishop, who i®
gratefully remembered in the
prayers of the Sisters. The Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass wilt be of
fered in Stella Niagara for the re
pose of the soul of his Excellency.
Additional messages which ar®
be received will be printed in th®
regular edition of the Catholic
‘Time® published Friday, May 10.

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