Most Rev. John B. McDowell

Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh (1966-1996)

John Bernard McDowell (July 17, 1921 – February 25, 2010) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania from 1966 to 1996.

He was a 1942 graduate of Saint Vincent College and a 1945 graduate of Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

McDowell was ordained to the priesthood on November 4, 1945.

On July 19, 1966, McDowell was appointed as auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh and titular bishop of Tamazuca. He was consecrated by Cardinal John Joseph Wright on September 8, 1966.

Auxiliary Bishop McDowell ordained the future Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., to the priesthood on August 29, 1970.

McDowell retired on September 9, 1996.