Robert Brom

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The Most Reverend
Robert Henry Brom
Bishop Emeritus of San Diego
See San Diego
Appointed April 22, 1989(Coadjutor)
Installed July 10, 1990
Term ended September 18, 2013
Predecessor Leo Thomas Maher
Successor Cirilo Flores
Other posts Bishop of Duluth (1983–89)
Ordination December 18, 1963
Consecration May 23, 1983
by John Robert Roach
Personal details
Born (1938-09-18)September 18, 1938
Arcadia, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Motto Ego Sum Christi (English: I Belong to Christ)

Robert Henry Brom (born September 18, 1938) is a U.S. bishop. He was the seventh Roman Catholic Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth in Duluth, Minnesota between 1983 until 1989, and the fourth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego in San Diego, California from 1990 to 2013.

Styles of
Robert Henry Brom
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style Not applicable

Early life[edit]

Brom was born in Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin on September 18, 1938. He was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona in Winona, Minnesota on December 18, 1963. On March 25, 1983, Brom was appointed the Roman Catholic Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth. He was consecrated on May 23 of the same year.

On May 1, 1989, Brom was appointed as coadjutor bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. On July 10, 1990, he was installed as Bishop of San Diego.[1][2]

Abuse scandal[edit]

Under Bishop Brom the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed to a $198.1 million settlement to victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests serving in the diocese since its founding in 1935. Bishop Brom apologized and said that the offenders' histories would be made public[3]

High schools and other developments[edit]

As bishop, Robert Brom has been responsible for the creation of two Catholic high schools: Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista, California, which replaced Marian Catholic High School in Imperial Beach, California, and Cathedral Catholic High School in Carmel Valley, California, which replaced University of San Diego High School. He is also responsible for the creation of a Pastoral Center on Paducah Drive in San Diego after selling the former Chancery to the University of San Diego.

Coadjutor appointed to Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego[edit]

On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Auxiliary Bishop Cirilo Flores of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange as the Coadjutor Bishop to Bishop Brom in the Diocese of San Diego. Flores served as Bishop Brom's chief Vicar General with the automatic right of succession as diocesan Bishop when Bishop Brom retired, died, or became incapacitated (Bishops must normally offer their letter of resignation to the Pope for possible acceptance when they turn 75, though the Pope can defer this, typically for up to a year or two, even with a successor already named).[4][5]

Pope Francis accepted Brom's resignation on September 18, 2013, and he was succeeded by Bishop Cirilo Flores.


Episcopal succession[edit]

Episcopal lineage
Consecrated by: John Robert Roach
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Salvatore J. Cordileone August 21, 2002
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paul Francis Anderson
Bishop of Duluth
Succeeded by
Roger Lawrence Schwietz
Preceded by
Leo Thomas Maher
Bishop of San Diego
Succeeded by
Cirilo Flores