The following comes from a Jan. 14 announcement on the website of the San Francisco Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announces that the Most Reverend Robert Christian, O.P., auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, has been appointed rector-president of St. Patrick Seminary, effective January 14, 2019. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said, “I am excited that Bishop Christian, a man of deep love for the Church and extensive academic achievement, will be leading the seminary during its next phase of development and growth.”

Bishop Christian is a highly respected theologian and professor, holding teaching and administrative positions at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome over the past 35 years. From 1997 to 1999 he served as vicar provincial of the Western Dominican Province headquartered in Oakland, California, and in 1990 was a participant in the preparation for the Synod of Bishops on “The Formation of Priests in the Circumstances of the Present Day” and served as a peritus (expert) at that same Synod.

For the last several years Bishop Christian has served the Church as a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and as a consultor to the Pontifical Commission for the Promotion of Christian Unity. During the three years before his ordination as a bishop in 2018, he served the Western Dominican Province as Student Master and as adjunct professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He will continue to serve the archdiocese as auxiliary bishop, but with responsibilities accommodated to his role as seminary rector.

Archbishop Cordileone also thanked outgoing Rector-President Fr. George Schultze, S.J. “I wish to extend my deep gratitude for Fr. Schultze’s wonderful service as president-rector for the last year-and-a-half. He has done outstanding work in building up the spiritual life of the Seminary and in his leadership in stabilizing and strengthening it during this time of transition. He is and always has been a man of integrity, faithful to his Christian and priestly calling in his personal and ministerial life….”