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Bishop McElroy

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Msgr. Robert McElroy will be ordained Sept. 7 as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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Msgr. McElroy named auxiliary bishop
July 6th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – (July 6, 2010) --- Pope Benedict XVI today named Msgr. Robert W. McElroy to be an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The appointment was announced at the Vatican and, concurrently, in Washington, D.C., by papal nuncio, (Vatican ambassador) Archbishop Pietro Sambi. Msgr. McElroy, 56, currently is Pastor of St. Gregory Church in San Mateo, where he has ministered since 1996.


Msgr. McElroy's ordination Mass will be held Sept. 7 at St. Mary's Cathedral.


“I am most grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for appointing Monsignor Robert McElroy as Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco,” said Archbishop George H. Niederauer, leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, which encompasses the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. “We in this Archdiocese are delighted that Monsignor McElroy’s gifts and zeal will be given even broader scope in serving the life of the Catholic Church and the community here.


"(Former) Archbishop John Quinn, (Auxiliary) Bishop William Justice and (retired) Bishop Ignatius Wang join me in congratulating Bishop-elect McElroy on his appointment," Archbishop Niederauer said. "We ask the people of this Archdiocese and all of our brothers and sisters in the Catholic Church to join us in praying for him, and for the gifts and the graces he will need to carry out his apostolic office.


"Please include this intention in the general intercessions in your Masses, and ask the people of your parish to pray for Bishop-elect McElroy as well," Archbishop Niederauer said.


Bishop-designate McElroy graduated from St. Patrick Seminary in 1979 with a master’s degree in divinity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University (1975) and an MA in American history (1976) from Stanford University. He also holds post-graduate degrees (STL theology 1985) from the Jesuit School of Theology (STL Theology 1985 in Berkeley); North American College in Rome (STD theology 1987); and Stanford University (Ph.D. political science, 1989).


Ordained April 12, 1980, Bishop-designate McElroy served as priest-secretary to then-San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn from 1982-85. He has also served as a parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in San Francisco and St. Pius Parish in Redwood City and, in years preceding his appointment to St. Gregory’s, as Vicar for Administration, a post often compared to that of chief operating officer, of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.


In a foreword to the St. Gregory Parish web site, Bishop-designate McElroy said: “The Eucharist is the center of our life of faith and worship; for it embodies the presence of the Lord himself in our midst and in our lives.”


Msgr. McElroy is a fifth-generation San Franciscan.  His parents, Walter J. McElroy and Roberta Shepherd McElroy, grew up in St. Cecilia Parish, where Msgr. McElroy was first assigned after his ordination.


Msgr. McElroy grew up in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Daly City and attended school there until he was 10.  The family then moved to Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame, where he completed grade school.  He entered St. Joseph College at the age of 14.

The priests who were most influential in his early life were Msgr. Dick Powers, pastor at Our Lady of Mercy; Father Gerald Barron, OFM Cap., pastor at Our Lady of Angels; and Father John A. Ward, SS, at St. Joseph’s College in Mountain View.


Msgr. McElroy has has three sisters -- Mary McElroy of Santa Rosa; Kathy Schreiner (husband John) of Walnut Creek; and Patti Marriman of Chicago -- and a brother, Walter Joseph McElroy III.  He has four nephews and three nieces.




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