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Statement from Bishop Lynch

Upon hearing of the loss of Bishop Larkin, Bishop Robert N. Lynch released the following statement:

          “Bishop Larkin’s appointment as second bishop of the decade-old Diocese of St. Petersburg was an affirmation not only of his personal priestly ministry, but of that of all priests in Florida who served as he did, with dedication and distinction. 

          “For close to 10 years, Bishop Larkin led the diocese through an unprecedented expansion of parishes and facilities.  He was always witty in his homilies, usually beginning with a story of his own ministry here in Florida. Deeply devoted to his brother priests, from whose ranks he had risen, he was a co-author of the first book on priestly ministry in the post-Vatican II period, “As One Who Serves”,  published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

          “He was the first person with whom I spoke upon arriving in the diocese in 1995,” Bishop Lynch said, “and he remained a wise counselor and friend throughout.  One of the first things I did after my appointment as bishop, was to ask the priests and people of the diocese to specifically recall his name during every Mass celebrated, and I believe that those prayers added length to his years.

          “He was a treasure and I personally will miss him.”


Bishop Larkin was born March 31, 1923
-Ordained a priest May 15, 1947, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Syracuse, NY
-Assignments:    Assistant Pastor - Holy Family Parish, North Miami, FL (1950-54)
                       Pastor -  Christ the King, Jacksonville, FL (1954-67)
                       Pastor - St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater, FL (1967 -79)

-Ordained a bishop for the Diocese of St. Petersburg by former classmate and personal friend, Pope John Paul II, in Rome, May 27, 1979

-Retired November 28, 1988

 Funeral Arrangements:

  • Wednesday, November 8th
         Reception of the Body
    , 2:00p
        Visitation, 2:15p - 7:00p
        Prayer Service, 7:00p
  • Thursday, November 9th
       Visitation, 12:00 Noon - 1:30
       Funeral Mass, 2:00p

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