SAN DIEGO — The following statement was released today by San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy announcing the death of longtime Bishop Robert H. Brom. He was 83.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Bishop Brom at his home this morning. Bishop Brom was a pastor, teacher and servant leader of the Catholic community in San Diego and Imperial Counties for 23 years. He oversaw the building of many beautiful churches in our Diocese as well as the establishment of two magnificent high school campuses. He was a natural teacher who constantly labored to bring the ecclesiology of the second Vatican Council into the heart of the Diocese of San Diego. This dedication to the Council also framed his life-long service in forming men for the priesthood.
“Bishop Brom’s deep love for our parishes and pastoral vision were complemented by a keen administrative capability in guiding San Diego through years of joy and hardship. In his retirement years, Bishop Brom intensified the prison ministry that he began as Bishop and his service to the Missionaries of Charity.
“Robert Brom was born in Arcadia, Wis., on Sept. 18, 1938. He was ordained a priest of the Winona diocese on Dec. 18, 1963. In 1983 Saint John Paul appointed him to be the bishop of Duluth, Minn,, and then to be Coadjutor Bishop of San Diego on April 22, 1989. Bishop Brom became Bishop of San Diego on July 10, 1990 and retired on Sept. 18, 2013.
“The funeral for Bishop Brom will be held at Saint Therèsé of Carmel Church on the morning of Tuesday, May 17.”