Robert Nugent Lynch

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Robert Nugent Lynch
Bishop Emeritus of St. Petersburg
Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Miami
Diocese St. Petersburg
Appointed December 5, 1995
Installed January 26, 1996
Term ended November 27, 2016
Predecessor John Clement Favalora
Ordination May 13, 1978
Consecration January 26, 1996
by John Favalora, Edward A. McCarthy, and Paul Marcinkus
Personal details
Born (1941-05-27) May 27, 1941 (age 75)
Charleston, West Virginia
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Robert Nugent Lynch
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Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Robert Nugent Lynch (born May 27, 1941) is a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop Emeritus of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was ordained and installed as the fourth Bishop of St. Petersburg on January 26, 1996.


Bishop Lynch received his bachelor of arts degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio in May 1963 and his master of divinity degree from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts in May, 1978. That same month, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Miami.

Pastoral work[edit]

As a priest for the Archdiocese, Lynch served as associate pastor of St. James in North Miami, and rector and president of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. His most recent assignment before coming to St. Petersburg was in Fort Lauderdale as the pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church.


On December 5, 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed Lynch the fourth Bishop of St. Petersburg to fill the vacancy left when John Favalora was named Archbishop of Miami a year prior.

Lynch was consecrated and installed as Bishop on January 26, 1996. Archbishop Favalora served as Principal Consecrator with Archbishop Edward McCarthy and Archbishop Paul Casimir Marcinkus serving as Principal Co-Consecrators.

Bishop Lynch served terms as the General Secretary of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).

Bishop Lynch was appointed the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Palm Beach, while remaining the Bishop of St. Petersburg, on June 6, 1998. He remained administrator until November 12, 1998, when Bishop Anthony O'Connell was appointed to fill the vacancy.

Bishop Lynch continued the reorganization and management of the diocese begun under Archbishop Favalora. He commissioned the building of a new Pastoral Center, and on March 31, 2000, the newly erected Bishop W. Thomas Larkin Pastoral Center was formally dedicated. He also took an active role in planning for the future construction of new Catholic high schools, and improvements to the existing schools.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg during Lynch's tenure has spent $4.7 million to settle sexual misconduct cases.[1][2]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation on November 28, 2016 and named Gregory Parkes as his successor.


  1. ^ "Diocese of St. Petersburg spends $4.7M to settle sexual misconduct cases". Tampa Bay Business Journal. June 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sex abuse settlements cost diocese $4.7 million". Tampa Bay Online. June 2, 2011. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Clement Favalora
Bishop of St. Petersburg
January 26, 1996–November 28, 2016
Succeeded by
Gregory Parkes