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Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After studying at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Philadelphia archdiocese on May 27, 1950. He became a priest of the Allentown diocese (having been tapped for the post of chancellor) when it split from the Philadelphia archdiocese in 1961. His twin brother, Edward Thompson, had also been ordained a priest for the Philadelphia archdiocese.
On April 22, 1989 Thompson was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 24 from Archbishop Pio Laghi, with Bishop Norbert Gaughan and Archbishop Eugene Marino, S.S.J., serving as co-consecrators. He assumed as his episcopal motto: Christi Impetus Pacis, meaning, "Working for the Peace of Christ."
Thompson later succeeded Ernest Leo Unterkoefler as the eleventh Bishop of Charleston upon the latter's resignation on February 22, 1990. His tenure was marked by the Synod of Charleston, which lasted from 1992 to 1995; it was the first diocesan synod held there since 1958.
- Diocese of Charleston. History of the Diocese of Charleston
- "Bishop Thompson dead at 90 – The Post and Courier". Postandcourier.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
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Ernest Leo Unterkoefler
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Robert Joseph Baker
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| Coadjutor Bishop of Charleston |