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Ready, Michael Joseph

Earl Boyea

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Ready, Michael Joseph (09 April 1893–02 May 1957), Roman Catholic bishop, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Michael Thomas Ready, an engineer, and Mary Ellis. His family moved to Mansfield, Ohio, near the turn of the century. He attended St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania (A.B., 1913; A.M., 1915), and subsequently attended St. Bernard’s Seminary, Rochester, New York, and St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, by Bishop John P. Farrelly on 14 September 1918. He served briefly as a curate at St. Mary’s Church, Painesville, Ohio (1918–1919), and then taught Latin at Cathedral Latin School in Cleveland (1919–1922), serving there with Father Edward Mooney, who was later, as an archbishop, to become his patron. He was named curate of Holy Name, Cleveland (1922–1927), and diocesan director of the Propagation of the Faith (1927–1931). In 1931 Ready became the assistant general secretary of the National Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC), the association of U.S. Catholic bishops, in Washington, D.C. In 1936 he became the general secretary of this organization at the time when Mooney was the chairman. Ready was named a monsignor with the rank of papal chamberlain in 1934 and with the rank of domestic prelate in 1937. He was named the fifth bishop of Columbus, Ohio, on 18 November 1944 and was consecrated a bishop at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 14 December 1944, taking the motto “Quae sunt Dei Deo” (“[Render] to God the things that are God’s”). He was installed in his diocese on 4 January 1945. He continued to serve as the administrator of the diocese of Steubenville, newly created from the diocese of Columbus, until 16 March 1945, when the Most Reverend John King Musio was named the bishop of Steubenville....

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