Father Bob grew up in a large family of six children in Parma, Ohio. His Mom and Dad (Rita and Frank) were very active members of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish helping with scouts, the parish carnival and wherever they were needed. Their involvement, along with that of their children, laid the foundation for Father Bob’s vision for parish life – a place where all can find a home – a place where people of every age can come together – as family. He very much wants Saint Ambrose to be a family, and a great place to raise a family.
Father Bob was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1988. He was assigned to Saint Gabriel Parish (Concord Twp), Saint Richard Parish (North Olmsted), and served as the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Cleveland for eleven years. He was appointed the Pastor of Saint Ambrose Parish in December of 2005.
If there’s a phrase that expresses his hope and prayer for Saint Ambrose, it’s simply – Together…for the Glory of God. Father Bob keeps inviting all of us to “come together” in prayer and service for the Lord. In so doing, we are creating a community strong in faith and pleasing to the Lord.
Most of us know that Father Bob has a ton of energy that he uses every day to help our parish grow and thrive. He finds his strength from the Lord, and is constantly inspired by the good members of our parish who are amazingly generous in their service to the Lord.
For fun, Father Bob really loves the outdoors…ATV’s, snowmobiling and a great bonfire. He’s also passionate about the work our parish does for the poorest of the poor in our mission community. Also for fun, Father Bob coordinates The FEST – a one day Catholic family FESTival for the Diocese of Cleveland.