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John Roach (bishop)

Church  Catholic Church
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Predecessor  Leo Binz
Appointed  May 21, 1975
Name  John Roach
Ordination  June 18, 1946
Term ended  September 8, 1995
Role  Bishop
Consecration  September 8, 1971
Nationality  American
Successor  Harry Joseph Flynn

John Roach (bishop)
Previous post  Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis (1971–1975) Titular Bishop of Cenae (1971–1975)
Died  July 11, 2003, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Alma mater  Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

John Robert Roach (July 31, 1921 – July 11, 2003) was an American cleric of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from 1975 to 1995.

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Biography

John Roach was born in Prior Lake, Minnesota, to Simon and Mary Roach. The eldest of three children, he had two younger sisters—Virginia and Mona. He attended public elementary school in Prior Lake, and studied for two years at Shakopee High School. In his junior year he transferred to Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary and began his studies for the priesthood. He proceeded to Saint Paul Seminary in 1941 for philosophy and theology. Due to the accelerated program of priestly formation put in place there during World War II, he was ordained a priest on June 18, 1946, while still 24 years old.

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He served as a priest in a number of different assignments over the course of the next 25 years. On July 12, 1971, at the age of 49 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Cenae and Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; he was consecrated on September 8, 1971.

His archiepiscopate (as bishop of the diocese) began on May 21, 1975, when he succeeded Archbishop Leo Binz and ended with the acceptance of his retirement on September 8, 1995. He was succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Harry Flynn, and became the Archbishop Emeritus.

In 1977, Roach delivered the benediction at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. He served as the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1980 to 1983.

Roach made national news when he was arrested for drunk driving on February 21, 1985. He was discovered to have a blood alcohol count of 0.19, after driving his car into the wall of a convenience store.

Roach died on July 11, 2003.

References

John Roach (bishop) Wikipedia


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