Monsignor Robert Ritchie

Robert Ritchie

Robert Ritchie

Cardinal Hayes (graduated 1963), Cathedral College, and St. Joseph’s Seminary, M. Div.

During his time in the Seminary he taught Religious Education at Ascension Parish in Manhattan.

  • He also taught at St. Barnabas, Holy Rosary, and St. Athanasius parishes in the Bronx.
  • He worked as an orderly at St. Vincent’s hospitals in Manhattan and Harrison.
  • Prior to ordination he was sent to Ponce, Puerto Rico to learn Spanish.
  • He did an internship in Gualey, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • May 29, 1971: Ordained by Terrence Cardinal Cooke.
  • He returned to Spanish studies and had his first parish experience in the Diocese of Buga, Colombia.
  • Returning to the U.S. he was assigned Assistant Pastor in St. Catherine of Genoa, Washington Heights.
  • During this time he was elected twice to Community School Board 6.
  • Appointed to Community Planning Board 9, served as chairman for one year.
  • Served on the Priest Senate of the Archdiocese and was secretary for a few years.
  • Was appointed by Cardinal Cooke in 1975 to be the Director of Youth Ministry in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).
  • Subsequently he became the Executive Director of the CYO while still living in St. Catherine of Genoa parish.
  • In 1983 was appointed by Cardinal Cooke to be the Pastor of St. Catherine of Genoa. Served as Pastor for 16 years.
  • In 1999 was appointed by John Cardinal O’Connor to be the Pastor of Our Lady of Angels parish in the Bronx.
  • Served on the Inter-Parish Finance Commission of the Archdiocese.
  • Area/Diocesan Chaplain to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years.
  • Was member of the Executive Board of the Association of Catholic Schools.
  • In 2002 was appointed by Edward Cardinal Egan to be the Regional Vicar of the North West Bronx.
  • On February 13, 2006 was appointed by Edward Cardinal Egan to be the Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • On March 4, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI named him Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title of Reverend Monsignor.
  • Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Conventional Chaplain to the Order of Malta
  • Former Archdiocesan Moderator of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.
  • Ufficiale of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus
  • Member of the Personnel Board of Archdiocese of New York.
  • Member of the Advisory Board for “Making All Things New”
  • Member of the Archdiocesan Hispanic Council
  • Descendant of McLoughlin Family of Mayo, IrelandAWARDS AND HONORS:

Awards and Honors:

  • Cardinal Hayes High School-Member of Hall of Fame
  • Good Shepherd Award (2013) Catechetical Office, Archdiocese of NY
  • Faithful Servant Award (2014) St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland