Bishop John King Mussio Central School
John King Mussio was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 13, 1902, the son of John and Blanche M. (King) Mussio .
He attended Xavier High School in Cincinnati, and graduated in 1920 from Xavier University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1924. He obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame He also studied at the Conservatory of Music and the College of Music, both in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was on the faculty of Xavier University in the department of English from 1925 to 1930, and during that time studied law at the University of Cincinnati. In 1930, John King Mussio entered the diocesan seminary at St. Gregory’s Seminary, Cincinnati, and two years later began his theological studies at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Norwood, Ohio.
On Aug. 15. 1935, he was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. John T. McNicholas, Archbishop of Cincinnati.
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Fr. Mussio continued his theological studies for one more year at Mt . St. Mary' s Seminary then was sent to the Angelicum College in Rome. He received the degree of Doctor of Canon Law in 1939. When he returned to Cincinnati in 1939, Fr. Mussio was made assistant chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and in January, 1942, he was made chancellor.
In that same year, he received the honor of Papal Chamberlain with the title of Very Reverend Monsignor. Together with his chancery duties Msgr. Mussio also taught ecclesiastical law at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary.
On March 15, 1945 it was announced that Pope Pius XII had appointed Msgr. Mussio as bishop of the newly established Steubenville Diocese. Msgr. Mussio was consecrated as Bishop on May 1, 1945 by Archbishop John T. McNicholas. The consecration ceremonies took place in St. Monica's Pro-Cathedral in Cincinnati. Co-consecrators for the ceremony were Bishop George Rehring and Bishop Michael Ready.
Bishop Mussio arrived in Steubenville on May 23, 1945. He was installed in Holy Name Cathedral. He was a member of the Episcopal Commission of the Legion of Decency and was formerly Episcopal moderator of the Catholic Broadcasters Association.
In January of 1949, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Notre Dame University. He was appointed assistant at the Pontifical Throne June 8, 1960. He died on April 15, 1978.
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