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Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ
Bishop Emeritus of Pensacola - Tallahassee
(NBCC Board Member)

Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJBishop John H. Ricard, S.S.J., Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee from March 13, 1997 - March 11, 2011. Bishop Ricard was installed as the Fourth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, having been appointed by Pope John Paul II. In additions to serving as shepherd for the diocese's nearly 65,000 Catholics, Bishop Ricard served in national and international roles within the Catholic Church.

Bishop was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and upon completion of high school entered the Josephite College Seminary in Newburgh, New York. He completed his theological training at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1968. Since ordination, Bishop Ricard continued his studies, receiving a Masters Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1970 and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1984.

Bishop Ricard moved from the Archdiocese of Baltimore where he served as Auxiliary Bishop since his Episcopal Ordination on July 2, 1984. Bishop Ricard is the former Chair of Catholic Relief Services where he served from 1995 to 2002. Bishop Ricard is the recent past Chair of the International Policy Committee for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops where he served from 2002-2005. He continues to serve on the board of the International Policy Committee and sits as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Church in Africa. Bishop Ricard also served as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of International Justice and Peace (2002 to 2005). He serves on the board of trustees of the National Black Catholic Congress, Inc.

Bishop Ricard is now the Bishop Emeritus of Pensacola-Tallahassee and residing at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, DC where he is serving as rector for his former religious community, the St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart (S.S.J.).

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