Consecrated Titular Bishop of Adrianopolis
Auxiliary to Rt.Rev. Matthew Harkins
Oct. 13, 1917; died Aug. 13, 1918
Rt. Rev. Denis M. Lowney, was born in Ireland, June 1, 1863, son of Denis and Bridget Lowney, and educated in Fall River. He attended colleges in St. Laurent, Canada, and Manhattan, New York City. He completed his seminary studies at the Grand Seminary in Montreal and was ordained on December 17, 1887 and assigned as assistant pastor of St. Mary parish in Providence.
In 1891, he served as assistant at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence and in 1894 he was appointed chancellor of the diocese and served in that capacity until 1903 when he was appointed rector of the Cathedral. In 1905 he was installed as rector of St. Joseph’s Church in Pawtucket.
Bishop Lowney also served as vicar-general, was a member of the Bishop’s Council, chairman of the board of examiners of the clergy, chairman of the school board, chairman of the board of trustees for Infirm Priests’ Fund, diocesan director of the Eucharist League, and treasurer of the St. Vincent de Paul Infant Asylum.
As head of St. Vincent de Paul Infant Asylum he became widely known for his dedication to the children that were raised there and devoted himself to the building and development of the Asylum.
On July 13, 1917, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Providence and was consecrated on October 23, 1917 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul.
Bishop Lowney died at the Cathedral residence on August 13, 1918, after an illness of several weeks.