The Right Reverend Robert (Rob) J. O’Neill grew up in Sierra Madre, California, a small town tucked into the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, just outside of Los Angeles. His father, grandfather, and great-grandmother were all born in Colorado.
Bishop O’Neill was ordained a transitional Deacon in June 1982 and ordained Priest in December 1982 at Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver. He served ten years at Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver as Canon Educator and designed and implemented a comprehensive educational program for adults, teenagers, and children. Following his time at the Cathedral, he was Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts.
He has been very involved in the work of El Hogar Projects in Honduras—a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras that feeds, clothes, and educates some 200 abandoned, orphaned, and hopeless poor boys. He has co-authored Focus on Luke: Twelve Studies for Individual and Community Enrichment, published by Living the Good News, Inc.
Since being consecrated bishop of the diocese of Colorado in October 2003, he has served the National Church on the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice, The Committee on Pastoral Development (ongoing), the Commission on Impaired Leadership (new in fall 2015) and served as Chair of the Board for Episcopal Relief and Development from 2009-2014. During his tenure as bishop, the following programs have been established in Colorado and are flourishing: Congregational Development, Episcopal Service Corps, Jubilee Ministries, Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. He created a Task Force to find a new camp and conference center for the diocese, resulting in the purchase of Cathedral Ridge in Woodland Park. A diocesan wide capital campaign is ongoing to enable the development and expansion of Cathedral Ridge.
Bishop O’Neill received his B.A. from Texas Christian University and his M.Div. from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He is married to Virginia (Ginger). They have four grown children and two grandchildren.