Father Bob Retiring – Letter to Parishioners

March 14, 2018

Dear Parishioner,

I have spent the last 31 years getting to know you, work with you and serve you in any way I could. We have travelled a long journey together. It has been a joyful journey for me, and I hope for you as well. I have been quietly reflecting over the last two months on my 62 years of priestly ministry (31 years here at St. Frances Cabrini) and the fact that I will be 88 years old in September.

The decision to which I have come is that it is time for me to step down as Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church and spend a little time enjoying my remaining retirement years. I have notified Bishop Weisenburger that I am prepared to retire effective June 30, 2018.

In a perfect world, I would have time to sit down with each of you individually to share this news with you. Unfortunately, this is something for which time does not allow.

My heart is filled with gratitude to God for the life he has given me and for my 62 years of service to the Catholic Church. I am grateful to all of you who have helped and supported me, and given your love to me over the years.

There is one thing for which you can be certain. Please know that when I retire, I do not leave you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.

It has been my deep honor and privilege to know you and serve as your pastor. See you in retirement!

Your faithful servant,


Fr Bob Fuller

3 thoughts on “Father Bob Retiring – Letter to Parishioners”

  1. Fr. Bob,
    We have been so blessed to have you as pastor all of these years. You have made us into a community that is engaged in social justice from helping Saint Vincent de Paul to educating ourselves through Fr. Bill’s Theology Uncorked presentations. I feel particularly blessed to have worked with you providing our congregation amazing liturgies. May God continue to bless you as you move on and know that you will never be forgotten. You will always have a special place in our hearts.

  2. Fr Bob,
    You have blessed and touched our lives in so many ways. ”THANK YOU” for all you have done to bring us all closer to living His Way, His Truth, and His life. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you a joy filled retirement.
    Terry & Donna
    P.S. Keep the fork!

  3. How our family will miss you. As Jane Schiltz said, “He says a beautiful mass!”
    Thanks for being our spiritual leader and sign of the presence of Jesus in life.
    Melissa and Steve

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