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It has its demands but the core is following Jesus and being a part of the ministry He began.” He almost had his Ph. He was so close and yet God had other plans for Robert Gebhard.

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 continued to do research while starting the program at CKS, testing the waters on both ends and the testing resulted in favor of priesthood. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda where he had been assigned as a Deacon. There were lots of young families, lots of young kids, lots of activity and outstanding clergy role models.” After ordination his first assignment was to St. I do have my cell phone if there is an emergency.” Administration is a challenging part of priesthood for Fr. He said, “It’s overwhelming and gets more and more complex all the time.” He knows retired priests who are happy to be able to return to ministry without all the worries of being in charge of a parish.

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.

Lary Werner at his home parish of Fourteen Holy Helpers during his college years. Bob recalls, “He was just a little older than me and we became good friends.

I saw a side of priesthood I never saw before that was attractive to me and so that’s what led me there.

When I was in the Doctoral Program it became one of the most difficult times of my life because I began to think about priesthood.

“My parents tell me that I always told them, even when I was in kindergarten, that I wanted to be a priest.” recalled Fr. He grew up in a very faith-filled Catholic home on the Westside of Buffalo. When he, his parents, two brothers and two sisters moved to Cheektowaga, the family joined St.Men who feel called to become priests have gifts and talents that God wishes for them to use in their ministry.Sometimes these gifts and talents are easy to spot and develop and other times they are more difficult to identify. Jim Croglio didn’t feel quite ready to enter into the priesthood.He was happy to be able to put his gifts and talents to use in this way.That September, while working at the counseling center, he went back to school once again.While he finds priesthood to be a wonderful vocation, Fr.

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