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Bartholomew Woodlock

Dr. Bartholomew Woodlock DD (1819-1902) was an Irish Catholic priest, educator and bishop, a founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Ireland.

He was born on 30 March 1819 in Dublin, to William Woodlock and Mary Cleary. His father was a lawyer and associate of Daniel O'Connell. His parents were from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

He attended the Jesuit Fathers' Day-School, in Dublin, and went on to Clongowes Wood College. Thereafter, supported by the Archbishop of Dublin and the Jesuits, he entered the Appolinare Seminary in Rome, winning prizes in Theology and Philosophy during his studies, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity at the age of 22.

He joined the staff of All Hallows College in Drumcondra in Dublin, in 1843, which had been just set up by Fr.Hand, following meeting him in Rome. He served as Professor of Dogmatic Theology until 1854, when he was appointed President of the college. He also served as vice-rector and vice president of the College, as well as a priest in the Dublin Diocese.

In 1844 he helped set up the first branch of the St. Vincent De Paul in Ireland,[1] chairing the first meeting on 14 December 1844. He was appointed Spiritual Director of the organisation and was active in it up until his appointment as a bishop.[2]

Along with the architect J.J. McCarthy and William Nugent he helped found the Irish Ecclesiological Society in 1849.

In 1861 Woodlock was appointed rector of the Catholic University of Ireland succeeding Cardinal John Henry Newman. He held the position until he was appointed a bishop.[3] In 1862 he set up three feeder secondary schools St. Laurence's Academy in Dublin (Catholic University School), Catholic University High School in Waterford, and St. Flannan's College in Ennis. In 1877 he was made a Monsignor

Woodlock was consecrated Bishop of Ardagh in 1879 in the Sistine Chapel in Rome by Pope Leo XIII, serving in Longford until 1895 when he reached retirement ages and was appointed Titular Bishop of Trapezopolis.

His interest in church architecture is present in the renovations of St. Mels Cathedral along with other church buildings in the diocese which took place during his tenure.

He died on 13 December 1902, and is buried at St. Mel's Cathedral, Longford. His papers are held in Clonliffe College.[4] .


  1. ^ About us SVP St. Vincent De Paul Northern Ireland.
  2. ^ Memoir of the Most Rev. Dr Woodlock (Dublin, 1903)
  3. ^ UCD Timeline
  4. ^ Dublin Diocese Archives
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