Vatican City, Mar 28, 2018 / 05:36 am America/Denver (CNA).
On Wednesday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Fr. Robert F. Christian, O.P., a Dominican friar and a native of San Francisco, as the next auxiliary bishop for his home diocese in California.
In a statement coinciding with the March 28 announcement from the Vatican, San Francisco's Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, said he was “overjoyed to welcome Fr. Christian back to his native San Francisco.”
“We first met while studying in Rome some forty years ago and we are now all blessed that Bishop-Elect Christian joins us to serve our priests, religious, deacons and all the people of the Archdiocese.”
On his part, the bishop-elect said he is “delighted to minister in the area where I was born and raised, and where I have numerous relatives and friends. I know I can count on the prayers of many people, and I am eager to serve the people of the City and Archdiocese that I call home.”
Born in San Francisco in 1948, Christian attended Catholic school for the entirety of his school years, and graduated from Ignatius High School in 1965. Five years later, in 1970, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in literature.