Pope Francis has appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco (California) Fr. Robert Christian, O.P., former Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Professor Aggregato for Sacraments and Ecclesiology at the same Faculty, and Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Anglican-Catholic dialogue), until now Student Master at the House of Studies of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
Although he attended a Jesuit high school and college, Fr. Christian joined the Dominican Novitiate at Oakland after graduation from college. He made profession in 1971 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. He started his teaching career immediately after his ordination at Dominican College (now Dominican University) in San Rafael, CA. He was granted a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Angelicum in 1984.
For a year in campus ministry both at Riverside and Seattle, he returned to the Angelicum. He started teaching at the Anglicum in 1985 and was there until 1997 when he returned briefly to his home province to serve as socius and vicar provincial for two years. He came back to the Angelicum in 1999 and served here as Professor for Sacraments and Ecclesiology and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Theology until 2014 when he left to teach at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. In the fall of 2015, Fr. Robert began his term as Master of Students for the Western Dominican Province. Fr. Christian continues his ecumenical ministry as a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).
From his time at the Angelicum, Fr. Christian has been at the service of the Church, Order, and humanity and we are sure he will continue to do such even in his new appointment in San Francisco.