Dating seminary student
Father Bob explained, “I took a leap of faith, as they say, and entered the seminary and it was a whole different world.” Young Bob Gebhard was born in Buffalo and baptized at St. By the time he was in third grade, his family had moved to West Seneca and he finished out his elementary school years at Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish School. Mary High School in Lancaster and entered into the Biology program at Canisius College. He was so close and yet God had other plans for Robert Gebhard.
At that time, men were ordained either in their home parish or the parish of their diaconate. Philip the Apostle in Cheektowaga which was very close to where he grew up. James Parish on Bailey and Kensington where he ministered for almost 15 years. He views the diversity of ministry to be the best part of priesthood.After about three years, he was reassigned for a few years to the Newman Center and then to St. He then spent a few months helping out at the unusual location of the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean because they hadn’t had a resident pastor there for a few years. He explained, “It’s not the same routine day in and day out.After he returned, he was asked to go to Christ the King Seminary to help with the formation of seminarians for priesthood. There are just so many different opportunities to meet God; going to the hospital, nursing facility, meeting people in their homes or going to a night meeting.When I’m having a bad day I just go down to the school – the children are absolutely incredible!” He also enjoys preaching on the weekends and finds it to be, “a real blessing.” In advising someone who is interested in becoming a diocesan priest, Fr.
Bob suggests, “Be open and recognize that this priesthood has a lot of guys who come with a lot of different experiences and backgrounds. There’s room for everybody in priesthood in the Diocese of Buffalo.” Father Bob added a great perspective on the formation program that seminarians are required to undertake.