Robert McElroy. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of San Francisco

The sixth bishop of the Catholic diocese of San Diego will be installed Wednesday in a service at St. Therese of Carmel Church.

Robert McElroy’s appointment by the Vatican was announced last month. He was an auxiliary bishop in San Francisco.

McElroy will succeed Cirilo Flores, who died last September after battling cancer and a stroke. Steven Callahan, the pastor at Saint Brigid parish in Pacific Beach, ran the diocese on an interim basis.

Cardinal Roger Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, and Cardinal William Leveda, the one-time archbishop of Portland and formerly a ranking member of the Curia, the Vatican bureaucracy, are scheduled to attend the 1 p.m. ceremony, according to the diocese.

Archbishops Blase Cupich of Chicago, Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and Salvatore Cordileone San Francisco are also scheduled to attend, along with retired Bishop Robert Brom of San Diego, Bishop Gilbert Chavez, the former Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, retired Portland Archbishop John G. Vlasny and several hundred other clerics.

Those unable to make the ceremony can watch as it is streamed on the Internet at

The San Diego diocese, established in 1936, consists of 98 parishes, 14 missions and 90 schools and preschools in San Diego and Imperial counties.

—City News Service

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