Rev. Robert Fitzgerald
My wife Kathleen and I have been married for forty-eight years. We have a wonderful family consisting of six children and eight grandchildren. We both attended Christ the King grade school together and lived only a couple of blocks apart growing up. We moved to Livonia in 1960 and have been parishioners of St. Michael’s ever since.
I joined the diaconate program in 1972 and was ordained in 1978, so I celebrated my 30th year of ministry in 2008. After serving a six-month internship with Mnsgr. Clement Kern at Holy Trinity Parish in Detroit, I spent ten years at St. Valentine with Mnsgr. Bill Sherzer, followed by several years at my home parish of St. Michael. I then served three years at St. Patrick in White Lake with Fr. Tom Meager and then went back to St. Michael for several more years. I came to St. Priscilla just before Fr. Ray first went to Iraq, and have been here ever since. It is a pleasure to minister with someone as supportive as Fr. Jim. We are very fortunate to have him as our pastor.
The reason I became a deacon in the first place was to become involved in prison ministry. I was a chaplain at Western Wayne, D.H.O.C.O., and Phoenix correctional facilities from 1972-2002. This was my primary focus, and I always felt very blest to be given the opportunity to minister to the incarcerated.
I am very thankful for the wonderful life with which God has blest me. I have always felt welcome at St. Priscilla and look forward to being part of this great parish for several more years.
(Deacon Bob is also an advisor for our RCIA Team.)