Highlights of Symons' Life, Career
Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (Stuart, FL)
June 3, 1998
A look at Bishop Joseph Keith Symons, who Tuesday became the first U.S. Roman Catholic bishop to resign for sexually molesting minors.
1932 - Born Oct. 14 in Champion, Mich.
1945 - Moved to Florida with his family
1949 - Graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul High School in Miami
1958 - Ordained at Gesu Church in Miami after attending seminaries in Bloomfield, Conn., and Baltimore.
1958-1968 - Served at Sacred Heart Parish in Pinellas Park, St. Paul Parish in Leesburg and St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton.
1971-1981 - Resided at St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Parish in St. Petersburg while serving as vicar general and chancellor of St. Petersburg diocese.
1981 - Ordained bishop in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. And served as pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Largo.
1983 - Transferred by Pope John Paul II to bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese.
1990 - Transferred to Palm Beach diocese
1998 - Resigned after admitting sexual abuse of boys.
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