Robert Brom

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Robert Brom
Bishop Emeritus of San Diego
DioceseSan Diego
AppointedApril 22, 1989 (Coadjutor)
InstalledJuly 10, 1990
Term endedSeptember 18, 2013
PredecessorLeo Thomas Maher
SuccessorCirilo Flores
OrdinationDecember 18, 1963
ConsecrationMay 23, 1983
by John Robert Roach, Loras Joseph Watters, and Paul Francis Anderson
Personal details
Born (1938-09-18) September 18, 1938 (age 83)
Arcadia, Wisconsin
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Previous post(s)Bishop of Duluth (1983–89)
MottoEgo Sum Christi (English: "I Belong to Christ")
Ordination history of
Robert Brom
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byJohn Robert Roach (Saint Paul and Minneapolis)
DateJuly 10, 1990
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Robert Brom as principal consecrator
Salvatore J. CordileoneAugust 21, 2002
Styles of
Robert Henry Brom
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

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.

On April 22, 1989, Brom was appointed as coadjutor bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. On July 10, 1990, he was installed as Bishop of San Diego.[1][2]

Abuse scandalEdit

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.[3]

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.

Coadjutor namedEdit

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).[4][5]

Pope Francis accepted Brom's resignation on the latter's 75th birthday, September 18, 2013. He was succeeded automatically by Bishop Cirilo Flores.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo Thomas Maher
Bishop of San Diego
Succeeded by
Cirilo Flores
Preceded by
Paul Francis Anderson
Bishop of Duluth
Succeeded by
Roger Lawrence Schwietz