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Bonaventure Finnbarr Broderick


Bonaventure Finnbarr Broderick, American bishop. Member The Arcadia (Rome), being first American so honored; member Collegium Cultorum Martyrum, Rome.


Broderick, Bonaventure Finnbarr was born on December 25, 1868 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Son of John Harris and Margaret (Healy) Broderick.


Graduate N. Am; graduate course in history and archaeology under Prof.


Ordained R.C. priest, 1896. Professor of history, English grammar and Italian literature, Diocesan Seminary, Hartford, 1898-1900. Acting pastor Branford, Connecticut, 1898, Westport, Connecticut, 1900.

Appointed American secretary to Mons. Sbaretti, Havana, Cuba, 1900, and carried on negotiations between church and state to successful settlement, 1905. Created private chamberlain by Pope Leo XIII, 1901.

Appointed American secretary to Apostolic delegate to P.I., 1901, resigned upon appointment of Taft Commission, 1902. Represented R. C. Church at inauguration of Cuban Republic, May 20, 1902. Appointed titular bishop of Juliopolis, September, and consecrated, October 28, 1903.

Auxiliary bishop of Havana, 1903-March 1, 1905. Appointed general commissioner of the Pope for collection of Peter’s Pence, 1904. Engaged in literary and editorial work, 1910-1940.


  • Other Work

    • Editor Millbrook (New York) Round Table since 1936.


Member The Arcadia (Rome), being first American so honored. Member Collegium Cultorum Martyrum, Rome.


John Harris Broderick

Margaret (Healy) Broderick