Alphonse John Smith
Alphonse John Smith received on 18 April 1908 in Rome the sacrament of ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Indianapolis. He received his doctorate in the subjects of Catholic theology and canon law.
On December 23, 1923, he was named by Pope Pius XI. Bishop of Nashville. The Bishop of Indianapolis, Joseph Chartrand, gave him on 25 March 1924 in the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis episcopal ordination; Co-consecrators were the Bishop of Corpus Christi, Emmanuel Boleslaw Ledvina, and the Bishop of Toledo, Samuel Stritch.
Alphonse John Smith left numerous new schools and parishes in the Diocese of Nashville reasons. In addition, he left the monastery Poor Clares built in Memphis.