University of Notre Dame

Peter Joseph Hurth Papers


Origination : Hurth, P. J. (Peter Joseph), 1857-1935
Extent : 1 linear inch 1 photograph
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
In English , German , Latin , Spanish , and Bengali .

Preferred Citation

P Hurth Papers (HRT), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Correspondence with Peter Mueller (1931-1934) and a few other letters (1895, 1908, 1909); a copy of his appointment as Bishop of Dacca by Pope Leo XIII; the bull of Pope Pius XI making him Titular Archbishop of Bostra; souvenirs of his time in India; clippings; an anniversary booklet; and a photograph.


Catholic missionary bishop in India and the Phillipines. Born in Germany, Hurth emigrated to the United States in 1874, became a novice in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1875, and served as an instructor of Latin and Greek at the University of Notre Dame from 1877 to 1879. Ordained a priest in 1880, he became president of St. Joseph Commercial College in Cincinnati until 1884, when he was appointed vice-president and (the same year) president of St. Edward's College in Austin, Texas.

From 1894 until 1909 he served as the second Bishop of Dacca in the Bengal region of India (later Bangladesh); when he resigned for reasons of health, he became Titular Bishop of Milopotamus in partibus infidelium. In 1913 he agreed to serve as Bishop of Nueva Segovia in the Philippines. In 1926 he became Titular Archbishop of Bostra. He died in Manila.


Hurth, P. J. (Peter Joseph), 1857-1935
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Dacca (Bangladesh).
Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia (Philippines).
Missions -- Bengal
Mueller, Peter

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