Thirteen months after his installation, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Christian, OP, passed away in his sleep at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park. Bishop Christian, the seminary’s rector-president, was 70 years old.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said “I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Bishop Christian. The Archdiocese was greatly blessed to have his wisdom and leadership even if for so brief a time as auxiliary bishop and even briefer time as rector of the Seminary. We join with the Dominican community in praying for the repose of his soul and for peace and comfort for his wonderful family in their time of mourning.”
Bishop Christian was installed as the 18th auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco June 5, 2018. He had deep roots in San Francisco and the Bay Area, attending St. Brendan School and later St. Vincent de Paul School and St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. He graduated from Santa Clara University and afterwards entered the Dominican order in Oakland.
Bishop Christian was ordained to the priesthood in 1976, and received his doctorate in theology in 1984. Over the course of 35 years, he held teaching and administrative positions at Rome’s Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) and served on ecumenical commissions.
In Oakland, Bishop Christian served in the Western Dominican Province’s leadership and was the master of students at St. Albert’s Priory at the time of his appointment as a bishop. He was appointed to lead St. Patrick’s Seminary & University January 14, 2019.
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