Thomas W. Lyons
|Auxiliary Bishop of Washington|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|See||Titular See of Murthlacum|
|Appointed||July 12, 1974|
|In office||September 12, 1974 – March 25, 1988|
|Ordination||May 22, 1948|
|Consecration|| May 19, 1964|
by William Wakefield Baum
|Born|| September 26, 1923|
|Died|| March 25, 1988 64) (aged|
Thomas William Lyons (September 26, 1923 – March 25, 1988) was a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1974 to 1988.
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Born in Washington, D.C., Thomas Lyons was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington on May 22, 1948. On July 12, 1974 Pope Paul VI appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Murthlacum and Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. He was consecrated by Archbishop William Baum on September 12, 1974. The principal co-consecrators were Auxiliary Bishop Harold Robert Perry, S.V.D. of New Orleans and Bishop Edward Herrmann of Columbus. He continued to serve as an auxiliary bishop until his death on March 25, 1988 at the age of 64.The Lyons family tradition of social service and pursuit of social justice, continues through their ongoing initiatives in social work, law and community public policy.3
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