John J. Snyder
|Bishop John Snyder|
|Bishop Emeritus of St. Augustine|
|In office||October 2, 1979—December 12, 2000|
|Predecessor||Bishop Paul Tanner|
|Successor||Bishop Victor Galeone|
|Ordination||June 9, 1951|
|Consecration||February 2, 1973|
|Born||October 25, 1925
New York City
|Previous post||Titular Bishop of Forum Popilii|
Early life and education
John Snyder was born in New York City on October 25, 1925 to John Joseph and Katherine Walsh Snyder. He attended St. Bartholomew and St. Andrew Avellino schools before studying for the priesthood at Cathedral College in Brooklyn and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1951 by Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy of Brooklyn. After serving for six years at St. Mel Parish, Flushing, N.Y., he became assistant secretary (1957–1968) to Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart and then secretary (1968–1972) to Bishop Francis J. Mugavero, both of Brooklyn.
On December 13, 1972, Pope Paul VI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn. He was ordained on February 2, 1973 at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn. Bishop Francis Mugavero served as Principal Consecrator with Bishops John Boardman and Paul Hagarty serving as Principal Co-Consecrators.
In October 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Saint Augustine, Florida where he was installed on December 5, 1979. His episcopal motto is "Peace in Christ."
As required by Canon Law, Bishop Snyder submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday on October 25, 2000. Pope John Paul II accepted Bishop Snyder's resignation on December 12, 2000.
Bishop Snyder was elected Diocesan Administrator on December 15, 2000 by the Diocesan College of Consultors and served as administrator until August 21, 2001, when Msgr. Victor Galeone was ordained the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine.
Bishop John J. Snyder High School in Jacksonville, Florida is named after him. The former Bishop gives annual masses at the school. He also goes to most of the Home Sports games. The school is a college prep-school with high academic expectations.
- Official biography including photos, pastoral statements and homilies
- Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida
- The St. Augustine Catholic, Diocesan Magazine
- Bishop Snyder's profile at CatholicHierarchy.org
|Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Paul F. Tanner
|Bishop of St. Augustine