Bishop Emeritus Robert Lynch Keynote Speaker for St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation 2018 Legacy Dinner, Awards

January 22, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Jan. 22, 2018) – The Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Awards and Dinner on Feb. 22, 2018. 

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the program beginning at 7 p.m.

Bishop Lynch, who served as bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg for more than 20 years before retiring in 2016, will speak on the topic, The Catholic Medical Mission: Now More Than Ever. Bishop Lynch spent several years as the General Secretary of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and rector and president of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. He was ordained a bishop and installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Jan. 26, 1996.

Bishop Lynch has been an active member of the Catholic Health Association of America. His work to build up lay ministries and outreach to the poor are especially well known. The Diocese and Bishop Lynch donated nearly 20 acres of land to create Pinellas Hope, a shelter for homeless persons.
Bishop Lynch made Catholic education a top priority in the diocese. He also took an active role in planning for the future construction of new Catholic high schools, and improvements to the existing schools.

The Foundation’s Legacy Awards and Dinner will be held at the Hilton Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. Tickets for the dinner are $75. Three awards will be presented during the event: 

  • The Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates vision, initiative, motivation, selflessness and commitment through outstanding community service and leadership benefiting the community. 
  • The Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award which recognizes an individual’s generosity in giving of his/her time, talent or monetary contributions to not-for-profit organizations devoted to educational, cultural, and social or public health concerns.
  • The Hippocrates Award recognizes an individual physician or medical practice that demonstrates selflessness and dedication to the community.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (727) 825-1086 or go online to

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. St. Anthony’s has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993 or go to

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