Robert Nugent Lynch
|Bishop Robert Lynch|
|Bishop of St. Petersburg|
|See||Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg|
|In office||January 26, 1996— present|
|Predecessor||Archbishop John Clement Favalora|
|Ordination||May 13, 1978|
|Consecration||January 26, 1996|
May 27, 1941 |
- This is about a bishop from Florida, for the physician see Robert Clyde Lynch.
Bishop Lynch received his bachelor of arts degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio in May 1963 and his master of divinity degree from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts in May, 1978. That same month, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Miami.
As a priest for the Archdiocese, Lynch served as associate pastor of St. James in North Miami, and rector and president of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. His most recent assignment before coming to St. Petersburg was in Fort Lauderdale as the pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church.
Lynch was consecrated and installed as Bishop on January 26, 1996. Archbishop Favalora served as Principal Consecrator with Archbishop Edward McCarthy and Archbishop Paul Casimir Marcinkus serving as Principal Co-Consecrators.
Bishop Lynch is known for his time spent as the General Secretary of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).
Bishop Lynch was appointed the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Palm Beach, while remaining the Bishop of St. Petersburg, on June 6, 1998. He remained administrator until November 12, 1998 when Bishop Anthony O'Connell was appointed to fill the vacancy.
Bishop Lynch continued the reorganization and management of the diocese begun under Archbishop Favalora. He commissioned the building of a new Pastoral Center, and on March 31, 2000, the newly erected Bishop W. Thomas Larkin Pastoral Center was formally dedicated. He also took an active role in planning for the future construction of new Catholic high schools, and improvements to the existing schools.
|Catholic Church titles|
John Clement Favalora
|Bishop of St. Petersburg
January 26, 1996 – present