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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
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
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,
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
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.