Graduate Programs Commencement

Bishop McElroy

The Most Reverend Robert McElroy
Bishop of San Diego

Bishop Robert W. McElroy is a native of San Francisco, California. After graduating from eighth grade at Our Lady of Angels School in Burlingame, California, Bishop McElroy felt called to the Catholic priesthood and entered Saint Joseph High School in Mountain View, the high school seminary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Upon graduating from Saint Joseph, Bishop McElroy made the decision to pursue college at Harvard College where he studied American History. Upon graduation from Harvard, he enrolled at Stanford University and continued the study of American History earning a master’s degree.

Reentering the seminary in the Fall of 1976, Bishop McElroy attended Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese on April 12, 1980. His first assignment was Saint Cecilia Parish in San Francisco, which was the parish where both of his parents were raised, educated, and later married.

Since his April 2015 installation as the sixth Bishop of San Diego, Bishop McElroy has spoken to multiple USD audiences on a variety of topics from immigration to civility in the national political dialogue. Bishop McElroy is the vice-president of the California Catholic Conference and serves at the national conference of bishops on the administrative committee, the ecumenical committee, the committee on domestic justice and the committee on international affairs.

Upon being appointed by Pope Francis as the sixth bishop of San Diego, Bishop McElroy said, "When I was growing up, my family would come to San Diego for summer vacation…Now, I have the privilege of becoming a member and a leader in this magnificent Catholic community and the society which surrounds it.”