John Roach (bishop)

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John Roach
Archbishop emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis
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ChurchCatholic Church
AppointedMay 21, 1975
Term endedSeptember 8, 1995
PredecessorLeo Binz
SuccessorHarry Flynn
OrdinationJune 18, 1946
ConsecrationSeptember 8, 1971
Personal details
BornJuly 31, 1921
Prior Lake, Minnesota
DiedJuly 11, 2003
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis (1971–1975)
Titular Bishop of Cenae (1971–1975)
Alma materSaint Paul Seminary
Styles of
John Robert Roach
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor
Ordination history of
John Roach
Priestly ordination
DateJune 9, 1946
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorLuigi Raimondi
Co-consecratorsLeo Binz,
Leo Christopher Byrne
DateSeptember 8, 1971
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by John Roach as principal consecrator
Victor Hermann BalkeSeptember 2, 1976
Paul Vincent DudleyJanuary 25, 1977
John Francis KinneyJanuary 25, 1977
William Henry BullockAugust 12, 1980
Robert Henry BromMay 23, 1983
Robert James CarlsonJanuary 11, 1984
Jerome George Hanus, OSBAugust 24, 1987
Joseph Leo Charron, CPPSJanuary 25, 1990
Roger Lawrence Schwietz, OMIFebruary 2, 1990

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.


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.

Roach 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 an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; he was consecrated on September 8, 1971.

Roach's archiepiscopate 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. [1]

Roach died on July 11, 2003.[2]


  1. ^ International, United Press (3 March 1985). "Archbishop Loses License for 90 Days for Drunk Driving". Retrieved 28 November 2017 – via LA Times.
  2. ^ "Archbishop John Robert Roach". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Leo Binz
Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Succeeded by
Harry Flynn
Preceded by
John R. Quinn
President of the NCCB/USCC
Succeeded by
James W. Malone