His Eminence Robert Cardinal McElroy

The Synod on Synodality: Implications for Catholic Health Care

Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego

Keynote Speaker, Monday, June 10
Robert W. McElroy was born in San Francisco on February 5, 1954. He received his undergraduate education at Harvard, and received a master’s degree in American history from Stanford in 1976. Entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, he was ordained a priest in l980.

In 1985 Archbishop Quinn asked him to pursue studies in the field of Catholic social teaching. He received a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in political science from Stanford in l989. In the following years he served the Archdiocese of San Francisco as vicar general and for 15 years as pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish in San Mateo. In 2010 Pope Benedict appointed him auxiliary bishop of San Francisco. In 2015 Pope Francis appointed him bishop of San Diego and Elevated him to Cardinal in August 27, 2022.

Cardinal McElroy has written two books: The Search for an American Public Theology and Morality and American Foreign Policy. In addition, he has written a series of articles on theology and public policy for a variety of journals.

Cardinal McElroy is a member of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.