Shannon Lecture Series

Bishop Robert W. McElroy


Nationalism vs. the Catholic Vision of the Common Good
September 21, 2017
Forum, Otto Shults Community Center
7 p.m.

Uniting Our Fractured Society
September 22, 2017
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center
1:30 p.m.


A native of San Francisco, Robert W. McElroy was appointed bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego by Pope Francis in 2015. Described as "one of the most respected intellectual leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States," Bishop McElroy is ardent in his support of Catholic social teaching, astute in reading the "signs of the times," and forthright in addressing urgent topics of social concern, including the plight of refugees and migrants and issues of the economy and the environment. A well-known speaker and frequent contributor to America Magazine, he is the author of The Search for an American Public Theology: The Contribution of John Courtney Murray and Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs. He serves the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the ecumenical committee, the committee of domestic justice, and the committee on international affairs.

Bishop McElroy earned a B.A. in American history from Harvard University, an M.A. in history and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, as well as a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Robert McElroy

Bishop Robert W. McElroy

". . . as a people of faith, as disciples of Jesus Christ, as children of Abraham, as followers of the Prophet Muhammad, as people of all faiths and no faith, we cannot merely be disruptors, we also have to be rebuilders."