Commencement Speaker

  • Most Reverend Robert Nugent Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg

    Bishop Lynch

    Bishop Robert Lynch was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pontifical College Josephinum and a M. Div. from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in 1978.

    During the ten-year period between his college seminary and reentry into theology, 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 Joseph Cardinal 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.

    Bishop Lynch was named the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and was formally ordained and installed on January 26, 1996.

    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 (CCHD), the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Cause for Beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and the Maryknoll Bishops Advisory Committee.

    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 presently serves on the CRS Foundation Board and the Board of Governors of the Catholic Foundation.