Most Rev. John H. Ricard, SSJ, is Bishop Emeritus of the Pensacola-Tallahassee, having served as our diocesan bishop from his installation March 13, 1997, to his retirement for health reasons March 11, 2011. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II.
Bishop Ricard came to the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese from the Archdiocese of Baltimore where he served as an auxiliary bishop from July 2, 1984 until his appointment as Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bishop Ricard entered the Josephite Seminary College at Newburgh, New York following graduation from high school. He completed his theological training at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C. and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1968. Following ordination, Bishop Ricard continued his studies and holds a master’s degree from Tulane University and a doctorate from The Catholic University of America.
Bishop Ricard currently serves as rector of the Josephite Seminary in Washington, DC.