The Most Rev. Robert Nugent Lynch To Address Gannon University Spring Commencement
Posted: May 2, 2017
The Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch will be the keynote speaker when
Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will recognize the
graduates of the Class of 2017 at Commencement on Saturday, May 6,
at 2 p.m. at the Erie Insurance Arena.
Bishop Lynch retired in November as Bishop of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. He will be awarded a Doctor of
Humane Letters degree, honoris causa at the ceremony.
Bishop Lynch, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, was
formally ordained and installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese
of St. Petersburg on Jan. 26, 1996 and retired on Nov. 27,
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pontifical
College Josephinum and a Master of Divinity degree from Pope John
XXIII National Seminary in 1978.
During the ten-year period between his college seminary and
re-entry into major seminary, Bishop Lynch taught high school,
organized a lay teachers association in the Diocese of Columbus,
served the Catholic Conference of Ohio as coordinator of government
programs, and served at the NCCB/USCC at the invitation of the late
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
Shortly after priestly ordination, Bishop Lynch was assigned to
St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami as president-rector
where he remained for five years.
He returned to the NCCB/USCC to serve as associate general
secretary with responsibility for public policy and later as
general secretary. One of the highlights of his years in
Washington, D.C., was the opportunity to coordinate the pastoral
visits by Pope John Paul II.
In addition to his role as Bishop of the Diocese of St.
Petersburg, Bishop Lynch has served as the secretary of the Florida
Catholic Conference, and he is currently a member of the board of
trustees of the Saint Vincent de Paul and St. John Vianney
Seminaries. He is a member of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Cause for Beatification of
Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and the Maryknoll Bishops Advisory
Bishop Lynch served as elected Chairman of the Board for Catholic
Relief Services from 2002 until 2007, as consultant to the Board of
Catholic Health Association through 2013, as a member of the board
of trustees of St. Leo University through 2016, and as a member of
the Catholic Medical Mission Board through 2016. He was
instrumental in the creation of Gannon University's Ruskin, Florida
campus and assisted with the Blessing and Dedication in August