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San Francisco Bishop McElroy to Speak on March 16

Keynote Speaker for Benedictine College Social Justice Week

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Social Justice Week at Benedictine College will focus attention on important social issues in Atchison, the United States and around the world.  The annual event offers student groups like the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life and the Knights of Columbus a chance to gain awareness on campus and in the community.  This year, the week begins with a keynote address from Bishop Robert W. McElroy, auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, who will speak on “A Church for the Poor” on Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Atchison campus. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Bishop McElroy was born in San Francisco in 1954 and grew up in San Mateo County. His family resided in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Daly City and Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame. He received a master’s of divinity degree from St. Patrick's Seminary and University in 1979 and was ordained to the priesthood April 12, 1980, at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop John R. Quinn.

Bishop McElroy’s educational background also includes a bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University, a master’s degree in history from Stanford University, a doctorate in political science from Stanford, and a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has taught at the university level and is the author of two books and many articles.

As a young priest, he was parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in San Francisco and at St. Pius in Redwood City. He also served at the Chancery as secretary to Archbishop Quinn. In 1995 he became vicar general for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II on April 4, 1996. Bishop McElroy was pastor of St. Gregory Parish in San Mateo for 14 years prior to his appointment as auxiliary bishop.

He was named auxiliary bishop July 6, 2010, and ordained September 7, 2010, at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop George H. Niederauer. He was recently named Bishop of San Diego and will take on those duties in April of this year.

Additional presentations will take place on poverty, civil rights, volunteerism, religious freedom and other topics throughout the week.  All programs and presentations are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.