John Wesley

Rev. John Wesley Bowen, church historian

Rev. John Wesley Bowen, church historian

The Rev. John Wesley Bowen, a Roman Catholic priest and church historian who advocated sainthood for a 19th-century Baltimore woman, died of pneumonia Sunday at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 87 and lived in Catonsville.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Linden Avenue, he attended Mount St. Joseph High School before entering the old St. Charles College, a seminary. He earned degrees in philosophy and theology at St. Mary's Seminary and the Catholic University of America, where he also earned a second master's degree.

He was ordained in 1949 as a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and joined the Society of St. Sulpice in 1952, a congregation of religious men who educate...