I owe Bishop Brom for so much in my life. He accepted me to be a seminarian for the diocese of Duluth back in the 1980s and was a mentor of mine for many years.
Bishop Brom was among the greatest influences of my early life for which I am so grateful. His influence and his generosity still continue to this day with his incredible generosity to this collection. Most recently the 1st class relic of Mother Teresa’s hair, and the second class relic of the cross and miraculous medal from her hospital gown are gifts from him.
They are currently on loan to the papal artifacts’ collection.
Thank you Bishop Brom, and God bless you in your continued ministry!
—Father Richard Kunst
Bishop Robert Brom
Robert Henry Brom (September 18, 1938 – May 9, 2022) served as bishop of the Diocese of Duluth in Minnesota, from 1983 to 1989, and as bishop of the Diocese of San Diego in Southern California from 1990 to 2013.
Brom was born in Arcadia, Wisconsin, on September 18, 1938 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Winona on December 18, 1963.
On March 25, 1983, Pope John Paul II appointed Brom as bishop of the Diocese of Duluth. He was consecrated on May 23, 1983, by Archbishop John Roach at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, Minnesota.
On April 22, 1989, Pope John Paul II appointed Brom as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Diego to assist Bishop Leo Maher.
On July 10, 1990, after Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop Maher, Brom automatically became the new bishop of the Diocese of San Diego.
Brom was responsible for the creation of two Catholic high schools:
Brom also created a pastoral center in San Diego after selling the former chancery building to the University of San Diego.
Pope Francis accepted Brom’s resignation on the latter’s 75th birthday, September 18, 2013. He was succeeded automatically by Bishop Flores. Robert Brom died in San Diego on May 9, 2022, at age 83.
Statement from Bishop Robert Brom regarding the 2nd class relic featured above:
This crucifix together with the miraculous medal and safety pin were given to me by Mother Teresa of Calcutta from her hospital gown in January 1992 while she was hospitalized here in San Diego, and I was the active bishop. She did so to emphasize the point she was making in a visit with me that to be truly Christian we must love Jesus and one another, especially in the distressing disguise of the poor, as he first loves us — “with love ’til it hurts.”
Signed: Robert H. Brom
Bishop Emeritus of San Diego
A sign with the relics states, The Crucifix along with the miraculous medal and safety pin are to be given to : Father Richard Kunst, Diocese of Duluth
NOTE: These 2nd class relics are on loan to the Papal Artifacts’ Collection.
The Cross Mother Teresa Loved and Carried with Her
The memory of the conversation with Mother Teresa of Kolkata about the Unity Cross remains engraved perfectly in my memory.(When I worked in Rome) she attended the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to speak about a new Institute of priests she was founding. Their center would be in Tijuana, Mexico. This would be their Kolkata (many people from Central America and Mexico flocked to this town after having left their homes and sold everything they had to cross over the border into the United States. They were unsuccessful and succumbed to immense poverty).When she greeted me and saw my pectoral cross, which is a copy of the Unity Cross, she slightly lifted the jacket she was wearing over her sari and showed me a small Unity Cross that she always carried with her. (She didn’t say anything about the origin of the cross she carried.) She added: ‘Here is the Mother of God together with the Poorest of the poor. ‘As she said goodbye, she asked me if I could get 3,000 crosses because she wanted every Sister of Mercy to have her own. I wanted to give them this gift. I found enough donors and we bought them in Mexico. I sent them to her.”
Kathleen N. Hattrup – published on 11/27/16
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