Fr. Bob Lombardo was asked to come to Chicago by Cardinal George in 2005.
Over the years, Fr. Bob has used his talents, not just as a priest, but as a construction manager, fund raiser, counselor, accountant, and friend to all: the poor, volunteers, and countless others. Fr. Bob graduated from Notre Dame in 1979 with an accounting degree and worked for Price Waterhouse. Soon, however, the call to become a Franciscan and a priest could not be denied. As a young religious, he did missionary work in Bolivia and Honduras withorphaned street kids, organized youth programs on Manhattan's lower east side, and directed the Padre Pio Shelter for the Homeless in the Bronx.
He is a founding member of his community, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). Fr. Bob is a highly sought after speaker and retreat leader (please SEE THIS LINK if you would like Fr. Bob to speak to your parish/ community).
Before coming to Chicago, Fr. Bob held the following positions: Director, Saint Anthony Residence; Director, Lay Associate Program of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal; Local Servant (Guardian), Saint Crispin’s Friary; Director, Saint Anthony’s Free Medical/Dental Clinic; and Vicar General of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
He received a Masters of Divinity from Maryknoll School of Theology and a M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College. In 1991, he was named the Notre Dame Club of New York's Man of the Year.