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Bishop Robert McElroy

Bishop McElroy in clerics

Bishop Robert W. McElroy was born in San Francisco in 1954 and grew up in San Mateo County. His family resided in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Daly City and Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame. He received a master’s of divinity degree from St. Patrick Seminary and University in 1979. He was ordained to the priesthood April 12, 1980 at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop John R. Quinn.

Bishop McElroy’s educational background also includes a bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University, a master’s degree in History from Stanford University, a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford, and a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has taught at the university level and is the author of two books and many articles.

As a young priest, he was parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in San Francisco and at St. Pius in Redwood City. He also served at the Chancery as secretary to Archbishop Quinn. 1995, he became vicar general for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II on April 4, 1996. Bishop McElroy was pastor of St. Gregory Parish in San Mateo for 14 years prior to his appointment as auxiliary bishop. He was named auxiliary bishop July 6, 2010, and ordained a bishop September 7, 2010 at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop George H. Niederauer.

About Auxiliary Bishop McElroy
Date of birth: February 5, 1954
Place of birth: San Francisco
Ordained to the priesthood: April 12, 1980 at St. Mary’s Cathedral
Named auxiliary bishop: July 6, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI
Episcopal ordination: September 7, 2010 at St. Mary’s Cathedral