Spellman, Francis Joseph
- Gerald P. Fogarty
Spellman, Francis Joseph (04 May 1889–02 December 1967), Roman Catholic prelate, was born in Whitman, Massachusetts, the son of William Spellman, a grocer, and Ellen Conway, both the children of Irish immigrants. After attending public schools in Whitman, Spellman graduated from Fordham College in New York in 1911. He then entered the seminary for the Archdiocese of Boston and was sent to the North American College in Rome, where he studied at the Urban College of Propaganda. He received a doctorate in theology and was ordained a priest on 14 May 1916. At that time, the American hierarchy was becoming increasingly Romanized, and for an ambitious American student, study at the Urban College could be a stepping stone for ecclesiastical preferment because the professors there were predominantly Italian diocesan priests destined for service in the curia. Spellman wisely cultivated his professors, most notably Francesco Borgongini-Duca....