John J. Snyder

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
John Joseph Snyder
Bishop Emeritus of St. Augustine
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The Bishop seen in 1983
Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Miami
Diocese Saint Augustine
Appointed October 2, 1979
Installed December 5, 1979
Term ended December 12, 2000
Predecessor Paul F. Tanner
Successor Victor Galeone
Ordination June 9, 1951
Consecration February 2, 1973
by Francis Mugavero, John Joseph Boardman, and Paul Leonard Hagarty
Personal details
Birth name John Joseph Snyder
Born (1925-10-25) October 25, 1925 (age 91)
New York City, New York
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Titular Bishop of Forum Popilii
Motto Peace in Christ
Styles of
John Joseph Snyder
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

John Joseph Snyder (born October 25, 1925) is the retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine.

Early life and education[edit]

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, New York, 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 consecrated on February 2, 1973 at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn. 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, Snyder submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday on October 25, 2000. Pope John Paul II accepted Snyder's resignation on December 12, 2000. 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 consecrated the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine. Bishop John J. Snyder High School in Jacksonville, Florida is named after him. The bishop celebrates an 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.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paul F. Tanner
Bishop of St. Augustine
Succeeded by
Victor Galeone
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Succeeded by