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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