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Thomas John Curry

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Thomas John Curry
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Thomas John Curry (born 17 January 1943, Drumgoon, County Cavan, Ireland) is an Irish-born American bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, who serves as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. From 1994 to 2013, he was the episcopal vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, before he resigned from all public duties.[1]

Pastoral life

Thomas Curry studied at All Hallows College and was ordained a priest on 17 June 1967. On 8 February 1994, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Ceanannus Mór and Auxiliary Bishop of his home diocese. He was ordained a bishop on 19 March 1994. The principal consecrator was Cardinal Roger Mahony; his principal co-consecrators were Bishops James Ward and Armando Xavier Ochoa.

Committee appointments

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Curry was Chairman of the Committee for Catholic Education[2][3] and Consultant to The Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy. In 2000, he signed up for the USCCB's Encuentro 2000.


On 28 January 2001, Bishop Curry co-celebrated a Mass of Dedication for San Roque Church's new altar in Santa Barbara, California with Cardinal Mahony as the principal celebrant.[4] In 2005, he participated in the University of California Santa Barbara's Catholic Studies program by reading the mission statement of its endowment. He had previously held meetings with University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)'s administration, faculty and students. In 2009, Curry praised the Notre Dame Task Force goal for its report on the participation of Latino children and families in Catholic schools.[5]

Resignation from public duties

On 31 January 2013, Curry resigned his post as auxiliary bishop of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, in response to the Archdiocese's release of thousands of pages of files documenting sexual abuse by priests and efforts to cover them up. The files document decisions Curry made in his role as Vicar for Clergy in the years preceding his ordination as auxiliary bishop, which included reportedly interfering with police investigations into abuse claims.[6] Despite his withdrawal from public duties within the Archdiocese, he remains an active Auxiliary Bishop and has not submitted his resignation to the Pope.



  1. ^ Profile of Bishop Thomas Curry. Retrieved 13 March 2010
  2. ^ USCCB Committees website. Retrieved 13 March 2010
  3. ^ USCCB Committees archives ("Presidente del Comité Para Educación Saluda Iniciativa de Notre Dame Para Mejorar Acceso De Niños Hispanos a Escuelas Católicas"). Retrieved 13 March 2010
  4. ^ News: March 2001, Los Angeles Mission website. Retrieved 13 March 2010
  5. ^ "US Bishops Laud Plan for 1M Latino Students by 2020". Retrieved 13 March 2010
  6. ^ Ryan, Harriet; Kim, Victoria (1 February 2013). "Cardinal Mahony relieved of duties over handling of abuse". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 

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