Archdioceses of New York Aide: Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie
Robert Ritchie is the oldest of three and was born in Washington Heights, NYC to David Ritchie and Eugenia Wood. Monsignor Richie traces his Irish heritage through his grandmother (paternal) who was from County Mayo, Ireland. Monsignor Richie graduated Sacred Heart Grammar School in 1958, attended Regis High School for two years before graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1963. He went to the minor seminary, Cathedral College and then to St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. During his time at Dunwoodie, he taught Religious Education at Ascension parish in Manhattan and St. Barnabas, Holy Rosary and St. Athanasius parishes in the Bronx. Prior to his ordination, Monsignor Richie was sent to Ponce, P.R. with classmates to learn Spanish. Monsignor Richie was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Cook in 1971 and subsequently did an internship in Gualey, Dominican Republic before returning to his Spanish studies and his first parish experience in the Diocese of Buga, Colombia. Upon returning to the United States, he was assigned Assistant Pastor in St. Catherine of Genoa parish, Washington Heights. In 1975, Cardinal Cooke appointed him Director of Youth Ministry in the Catholic Youth Organization and he subsequently became the Executive Director of the organization. Monsignor Ritchie spent 40 years as a pastor for poor parishes in the Bronx and Harlem and in 2006, Cardinal Egan appointed him Rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In March of the same year, Pope Benedict XVI named him Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title Reverend Monsignor. Monsignor has hosted two papal visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and has overseen the Cathedral’s $200 million restoration project. Monsignor is extremely proud of his Irish heritage and is delighted to be have been selected as an Aide for the Archdiocese of New York.