The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Fifth Bishop of Hawai'i
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Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick was born in Decatur, IL.
He graduated from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, and received a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary, New York, NY. He also has a Doctor of Ministry degree in homiletics from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. Following his graduation from seminary, he served as an assisting priest at St. Peter’s Church, Morristown, NJ, from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 2000, he served as the rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He came to Hawai‘i in 2000 as a member of the Bishop’s staff, becoming the Canon to the Ordinary (executive officer) in 2002. His ministry in Hawai‘i also included serving as the priest-in-charge of congregations in Kapolei and Honolulu.
He was elected as 5th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi on October 20, 2006 and was ordained as Bishop on March 10, 2007. He also serves as the Bishop-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church in Micronesia. On behalf of The Episcopal Church, he chairs both the Concordat Committee of Full Communion Between the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and The Episcopal Church, and the Joint Committee on Provincial Companionship (JCPC) with The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. He has also served on the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, Task Force on Care of Creation & Environmental Racism, and the Ecclesiology Committee of the House of Bishops.
He serves on the boards of ʻIolani School, St. Andrew’s Schools, Seabury Hall, Camp Mokuleʻia, and St. John’s School (Guam).
His wife, Bea, is a registered nurse. He has two adult sons, a grandson, and a granddaughter.