Fr. Maurice Sheehy, n. d.



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Fr. Maurice Sheehy, n. d.


Father Maurice S. Sheehy (1898-1972) joined the faculty of The Catholic University of America in 1927 as Assistant Professor of Religious Education. He was an adept organizer who managed the university radio station and who maintained extensive contacts within the church, in the Washington, D.C. community, and in national politics. Sheehy also served as assistant the CUA rector, in which capacity he was instrumental in organizing the radio broadcast by Catholic leaders denouncing German violence against Jews following Kristallnacht in 1936. In 1941, Sheehy joined the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, and completed 33 months of service in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was promoted to vice admiral upon his retirement from the Navy in 1958, the highest rank ever accorded a naval chaplain. After retiring from the Navy, Sheehy was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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