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Most Rev. John H. Ricard S.S.J.

Titular Bishop of Rucuma - Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore

Bishop John H. Ricard, S.S.J. was born on February 29, 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was one of eight children. After attending elementary and high school in Baton Rouge, he moved to New York to attend Epiphany Apostolic College in Newburgh. He completed his theological studies at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C. Postgraduate work includes a Master's Degree from Tulane University and a Doctoral Degree from the Catholic University of America.

He joined the Society of St. Joseph in 1962, took his final vows on June 1, 1967 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1968 by Bishop Emmit Tracy of Baton Rouge.

After his ordination, Bishop Ricard was appointed Associate Pastor at St. Peter Claver Church in New Orleans. In 1972, he was reassigned to Washington, D.C. as Pastor of Holy Reddemer Church. He also served as Pastor at Holy Comforter Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington, D.C. prior to his episcopal ordination.

Bishop Ricard was appointed a vicar bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore by Pope John Paul II. He was incardinated and consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore on July 2, 1984.

In March 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee where he continues to address the pastoral needs of the Church community.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Catholic Bishops in America 1789-1989, Volume II