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Robert Francis Joyce
Born (1896-10-07)October 7, 1896
Proctor, Vermont
Died September 2, 1990(1990-09-02) (aged 93)
Burlington, Vermont
Title Bishop of Burlington
Term February 26, 1957—December 14, 1971
Predecessor Edward Francis Ryan
Successor John Aloysius Marshall

Robert Francis Joyce (October 7, 1896—September 2, 1990) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Burlington from 1956 to 1971.


Joyce was born in Proctor, Vermont, to Patrick Joseph and Ellen (née Connor) Joyce.[1] After graduating from Proctor High School, he studied at the University of Vermont and the Grand Seminary of Montreal, Canada. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph John Rice on May 26, 1923.[2]

He then did pastoral work in the Diocese of Burlington until 1927, when he became principal of the Cathedral High School.[1] After resuming his pastoral ministry in 1932, he was a chaplain in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He later served as a pro-synodal judge and diocesan director of the Holy Name Society.[1]

On July 8, 1954, Joyce was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Burlington and Titular Bishop of Citium by Pope Pius XII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 28 from Bishop Edward Francis Ryan, with Bishops Matthew Francis Brady and Bernard Joseph Flanagan serving as co-consecrators.[2] After the death of Bishop Ryan, Joyce was named the sixth Bishop of Burlington on December 29, 1956, being installed as such on February 26, 1957.[2] He attended the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, and served on the National Board of the American Cancer Society for 10 years.[1] He resigned as Bishop on December 14, 1971, after a 15-year-long tenure.[2]

Joyce later died at age 93, and was buried at Resurrection Park in South Burlington.[1]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward Francis Ryan
Bishop of Burlington
Succeeded by
John Aloysius Marshall

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