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Francis Clement Kelley, Canadian bishop. Decorated Knight of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Italy), Grand Cross Order of Merit (Austria); Grand Cross Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem).


Kelley, Francis Clement was born on October 23, 1870 in Vernon River, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Son of John and Mary (Murphy) Kelley.


Educated affiliated colls. of Laval U. Classics at St. Dustan’s College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Philosophy and theology at Nicolet (Petroquest Energy) Seminary.

Doctor of Divinity, Laval U., 1908. Doctor of Laws, Notre Dame U., 1907. Doctor of Philosophy., Doctor of Letters, Louvain 1927.


Ordained R.C. priest, 1893. Pastor, Lapeer, Michigan, 1893-1907. Founded October 18, 1905, Catholic Church Extension Society of United States of America, and was appointed acting president.

Elected president, December 1905. The society established canonically by Pope Pius X, June 19, 1910, by whom was again appointed president to serve 5 years and reapptd. June 1917. founder, 1906, many years editor-in-chief of the Extension Magazine.

Made prothonotary apostolic by Pope Benedict XV, 1915. Was consecrated bishop of Oklahoma, October 2, 1924. Bishop of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1930.

Captain and chaplain 32d Michigan Volunteer Infantry during War with Spain. Captain and chaplain Mich National Guard 6 years. Colonel and a.-d.-c. on staff commander-in-chief Spanish-American War Veterans, 1 year.

Vice-commander-general Military Order Foreign Wars of the United States, 5 years Vice-chairman managing 2d Catholic Missionary Congress, Boston, 1913.


Clubs: University (Chicago and Tulsa, Oklahoma).


John Kelley

Mary (Murphy) Kelley