John Roach (bishop)

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His Excellency The Most Reverend
John Roach
Archbishop emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis
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Church Catholic Church
Appointed May 21, 1975
Term ended September 8, 1995
Predecessor Leo Binz
Successor Harry Flynn
Ordination June 18, 1946
Consecration September 8, 1971
Personal details
Born July 31, 1921
Prior Lake, Minnesota
Died July 11, 2003
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis (1971–1975)
Titular Bishop of Cenae (1971–1975)
Alma mater Saint Paul Seminary
Styles of
John Robert Roach
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor

John Robert Roach (July 31, 1921 – July 11, 2003) was an American cleric of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from 1975 to 1995.


John Roach was born in Prior Lake, Minnesota, to Simon and Mary Roach. The eldest of three children, he had two younger sisters—Virginia and Mona. He attended public elementary school in Prior Lake, and studied for two years at Shakopee High School. In his junior year he transferred to Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary and began his studies for the priesthood. He proceeded to Saint Paul Seminary in 1941 for philosophy and theology. Due to the accelerated program of priestly formation put in place there during World War II, he was ordained a priest on June 18, 1946, while still 24 years old.

He served as a priest in a number of different assignments over the course of the next 25 years. On July 12, 1971, at the age of 49 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Cenae and Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; he was consecrated on September 8, 1971.

His archiepiscopate (as bishop of the diocese) began on May 21, 1975, when he succeeded Archbishop Leo Binz and ended with the acceptance of his retirement on September 8, 1995. He was succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Harry Flynn, and became the Archbishop Emeritus.

In 1977, Roach delivered the benediction at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. He served as the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1980 to 1983.

Roach made national news when he was arrested for drunk driving on February 21, 1985. He was discovered to have a blood alcohol count of 0.19, after driving his car into the wall of a convenience store. [1]

Roach died on July 11, 2003.[2]


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo Binz
Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Succeeded by
Harry Flynn
Preceded by
John R. Quinn
President of the NCCB/USCC
Succeeded by
James W. Malone