|Bishop Emeritus of San Diego|
|Appointed||April 22, 1989 (Coadjutor)|
|Installed||July 10, 1990|
|Term ended||September 18, 2013|
|Predecessor||Leo Thomas Maher|
|Ordination||December 18, 1963|
|Consecration||May 23, 1983|
by John Robert Roach, Loras Joseph Watters, and Paul Francis Anderson
|Born||September 18, 1938|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Previous post(s)||Bishop of Duluth (1983–89)|
|Motto||Ego Sum Christi (English: "I Belong to Christ")|
Ordination history of
Robert Henry Brom
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Robert Henry Brom (born September 18, 1938) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as the seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth in Duluth, Minnesota, from 1983 to 1989, and the fourth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego in San Diego, California, from 1990 to 2013.
Life and ministryEdit
Brom was born in Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, on September 18, 1938. He was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona in Winona, Minnesota, on December 18, 1963. On March 25, 1983, Brom was appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth. He was consecrated on May 23 of the same year.
Under Bishop Brom the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed to a $198.1 million settlement to victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests serving in the diocese since its founding in 1935. Bishop Brom apologized and said that the offenders' histories would be made public.
High schools and other developmentsEdit
Bishop Brom was responsible for the creation of two Catholic high schools: Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista, which replaced Marian Catholic High School in Imperial Beach, and Cathedral Catholic High School in Carmel Valley, which replaced University of San Diego High School in Linda Vista. He was also responsible for the creation of a Pastoral Center on Paducah Drive in San Diego after selling the former Chancery to the University of San Diego.
On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Auxiliary Bishop Cirilo Flores of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange as the Coadjutor Bishop to Bishop Brom in the Diocese of San Diego.
Flores served as Bishop Brom's chief Vicar General with the automatic right of succession as diocesan Bishop when Bishop Brom retired, died, or became incapacitated (Bishops must normally offer their letter of resignation to the Pope for possible acceptance when they turn 75, though the Pope can defer this, typically for up to a year or two, even with a successor already named).
Pope Francis accepted Brom's resignation on the latter's 75th birthday, September 18, 2013. He was succeeded automatically by Bishop Cirilo Flores.
- San Diego Tribune: "Settled: $198 million" September 8, 2007
- Los Angeles Times: "Orange County auxiliary bishop named Catholic bishop of San Diego" January 4, 2012
- Catholic News Agency: "Bishop Cirilo Flores to help oversee San Diego diocese" January 4, 2012