Robert W. McElroy
|Robert W. McElroy
STD PhD STL D.D.
|Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco|
|In office||7 September 2010—present|
|Ordination||12 April 1980|
|Consecration||7 September 2010
by George Hugh Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco
February 5, 1954 |
San Francisco, California
|Alma mater||Harvard University, Pontifical Gregorian University, Stanford University, Graduate Theological Union|
Early life and education
McElroy was born in San Francisco, California. He earned a B.A. in history from Harvard University in 1975, and an M.A. from Stanford in 1976. He attended St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California where earned an STL degree in 1985 with a thesis titled, Freedom for faith: John Courtney Murray and the Constitutional question, 1942-1954 from the Jesuit School of Theology in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkely, California.
Ordination and ministry
McElroy was ordained to the priesthood for the San Francisco Archdiocese on April 12, 1980. He was secretary to Archbishop John Quinn and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He was parochial vicar at St. Ceceilia Church in San Francisco and St. Pius Church in Redwood City, CA. He was pastor of St. Gregory Church in San Mateo, CA from 1996–2011. He spent the last several months at St. Gregory as pastor and bishop. In 1986 he was awarded a Doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome entitled, John Courtney Murray and the secular crisis: foundations for an American Catholic public theology, and PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 1989 titled, Morality and American foreign policy : the role of moral norms in international affairs.
He is the author of The Search for an American Public Theology: The Contribution of John Courtney Murray (Paulist Press, 1989) and Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs (Princeton University Press, 1992). He has written four articles for America Magazine.
He taught ethics at St. Patrick's Seminary and was guest professor of social ethics at the University of San Francisco in the Fall of 2008.
Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
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- "Morality and American foreign policy : the role of moral norms in international affairs".
- "Bishop Robert Walter McElroy". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "Market Assumptions". America (magazine).
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