Rev. Robert L. Bazzoli, OSFS

First Profession: 
August 9, 1980

Final Profession:
September 19, 1986

Ordination:
June 4, 1988

Ministries:
Faculty: Salesianum School, Northeast Catholic High School and Holy Name High School
Deacon: St. Thomas Aquinas
Parochial Vicar: St. Paul the Apostle
Pastor: St. Joachim and Our Mother of Consolation

Present Ministry:
Pastor – Our Mother of Consolation Parish

Personality by Pixels

Where did you first encounter the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales?
I first met the Oblates at my home parish, through the Oblates who assisted with weekend Masses. I later attended Northeast Catholic High School (mid 1970’s) and it was there that I fell in love with the community and the spirituality.

What experience of the Oblates led you to join the community?
At Northeast Catholic I became involved with Oblates who were on the frontline of social justice ministry, living among and serving the needs of the poor. I’m not sure if it was disrupting City Council meetings, turning our back on the Mayor in protest, or community organizing, but I was hooked.

In your experience, what makes the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales distinct?
Our ability to embrace our humanity (strengths and limitations) as a gift from God and to help others do the same…

In ten words or fewer, how would you sum up Salesian spirituality?
Humility before God and gentleness towards neighbor.

Why should someone consider becoming an oblate of St. Francis de Sales today?
Our world needs ministers who are up to the challenge of learning, living, and teaching a spirituality that recognizes our humanity as a path to holiness in ordinary/everyday life.

Who is your favorite historical figure? Why do you admire him/her?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - He gave us the vision…he had the dream, which we still need to fulfill.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
Grilling, tinkering, gardening, decorating, musicals, walking.