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Archdiocese mourns loss of Auxiliary Bishop Robert Christian

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July 24, 2019

Bishop Robert F. Christian, rector-president of St. Patrick's Seminary & University, passed away July 11. 

Nicholas Wolfram Smith
Catholic San Francisco

Thirteen months after his ordination, 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.”

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