Robert C. Morlino was born December 31, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morlino. His father died while he was in high school, his mother in 1980. He was raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, graduating from Jesuit High School in Scranton.
He entered the seminary for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, and was ordained to the priesthood for that Jesuit Province on June 1, 1974, by Lawrence Cardinal Sheehan at Loyola College Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, the Master of Divinity Degree from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.
Father Morlino taught Philosophy at Loyola College in Baltimore, St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Boston College, the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College. He served as an instructor in continuing education for priests, religious and laity and as director of parish renewal programs.
In 1981, Father Morlino became a priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo and served there as Vicar for Spiritual Development, Executive Assistant and Theological Consultant to the Bishop, as Moderator of the Curia, and as the Promoter of Justice in the Diocesan Tribunal. He served as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Niles, St. Ann Parish in Gull Lake, and St. Ambrose Parish in Delton, Michigan. Since July 1991 he was the rector of St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. He had served as part-time theology professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit since 1990 and was scheduled to begin a full-time faculty appointment there in the fall of 1999.
On July 6, 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed Father Robert Morlino as the Ninth Bishop of Helena.
On August 1, 2003, Bishop Robert Morlino took canonical possession of the Diocese of Madison.