Robert Joseph Baker

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Robert Joseph Baker
Bishop of Birmingham
Bishop Robert Baker with Friars
Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Mobile
Diocese Birmingham
Appointed August 14, 2007
Installed October 2, 2007
Predecessor David Edward Foley
Ordination March 21, 1970
by Paul Francis Tanner
Consecration September 29, 1999
by John Francis Donoghue, Gabriel Montalvo Higuera, and John J. Snyder
Personal details
Born (1944-06-04) June 4, 1944 (age 72)
Willard, Ohio
Previous post Bishop of Charleston
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Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Robert Joseph Baker (b. June 4, 1944 Willard, Ohio) is an American Roman Catholic prelate who serves as the Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. He was appointed to this post by Pope Benedict XVI on August 14, 2007 and installed on October 2, 2007. He has written several books.


Baker was ordained for the diocese of St Augustine in 1970 and sent to Rome for doctoral studies in dogmatic theology shortly thereafter. He has served in turns as a parish priest, campus minister, and seminary formator.

In 1999, Baker was appointed Bishop of Charleston. As bishop of Charleston, Baker presided over rapid growth, thanks to a combination of adult conversion and Hispanic immigration (the state's population of Roman Catholics boomed by almost 40% to over 175,000 during his tenure). Bishop Baker dedicated new or expanded churches, schools, and parish facilities.

He was transferred to Alabama to become Bishop of Birmingham. The Diocese of Charleston bishopric was filled Jan. 24, 2009 by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, formerly rector of St. Agnes Cathedral of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.


"When Did We See You, Lord?" Baker, Robert J. and Groeschel, C.F.R., Benedict J. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc, 2005.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
David Edward Foley
Bishop of Birmingham
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David B. Thompson
Bishop of Charleston
Succeeded by
Robert E. Guglielmone