On May 1, 1958 Msgr. Joseph L. Federal was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Salt Lake City, UT. He was born in Greensboro and had served as a priest throughout the Diocese of Raleigh from 1934-1951. In 1951 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Salt Lake City. He did not become Ordinary of that Diocese until 1960 where he remained until his retirement in 1980.