Catholic Bishop of Columbus, Robert Brennan


The outgoing Catholic Bishop of Columbus, Robert Brennan, delighted Catholics of Greater Columbus with his presence – and his New York accent – for two and a half years.

On September 28, it was announced that Brennan, installed as 12th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus in March 2019, would become the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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As he leaves for Brooklyn at the end of November after being reassigned by Pope Francis, here are some things you may not have known about him:

1. He’s a New York Mets fan

One of the first questions Brennan had at a press conference on the day of the announcement was how being a fan of the New York Mets baseball team tested his faith in God.

Laughing, he replied, “We have learned the virtue of long suffering.

But, he said, “We have also learned the virtue of loyalty. We stay with them.”

2. He was teased for his accent while in Ohio

At the New York press conference, Long Island native Brennan lamented having to leave Columbus except for one fact: the teasing he had about his New York accent.

“I’m going to say that kind of joke, and I say it with a lot of love for the people of Ohio: one thing about coming back here is that I know I’m back to a place where the people speak correctly, ”he said with a chuckle. . “They gave me a hard time there, I tell you. But with love, with love.”

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He grew up on Long Island and said he felt right at home in New York City.

“I feel at home here … If you live on Long Island, you are part of New York City, right?” he said. “Your life is also partly divided here in the city.”

3. He watched football a lot in Columbus

Brennan isn’t just a baseball fan; he also really enjoys attending local football matches. He said he had seen more games at Columbus in two and a half years than in his previous 57 years.

On September 24, days before his new assignment was announced, he attended a football game between St. Francis DeSales High School and Bishop Hartley High School.

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His favorite part is the student section, where he went around and chatted with the students, also taking selfies with some. He also enjoys seeing how the community supports families, players and, for some, their alma mater.

“I love that there is this great community spirit and that everyone comes out and supports their old alma mater and the families,” he said. “It was a lot of fun.”

4. He has many, many necklaces.

Brennan loved getting to know what he calls the vibrant young Catholic community of Greater Columbus and the fun questions they sometimes ask him. Last week he visited Catholics at Ohio State University and during a question-and-answer session a student asked him how many priest necklaces he had.

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“A lot,” he replied, pulling out his necklace to show what the little white rectangle looks like when it’s not partially hidden in his collar. “Each shirt comes with two collars.”

5. He majored in math and computer science in college

He majored in mathematics and computer science at St. John’s University in Queens, New York before joining the priesthood. Brennan said he can’t remember when he decided he wanted to be a priest.

“I don’t remember not wanting to be a priest,” he said, adding that he graduated from high school knowing it would be his path, but wanted to experience it. of university life. “It was still there somehow.”

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