Staff Member: Fr. Robert Sprott
Fr. Robert Sprott
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Fr. Bob Sprott, OFM is the new assistant at Queen of All Saints and St. Mary’s parishes. A Franciscan priest, he was ordained in 1980 as a member of the Cincinnati province of Franciscans. His early years of work were in the American Southwest, with most of that time spent in a mixed parish of Pueblo Indian and Hispanic villages northwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 1986 he began doctoral studies in linguistics at the University of Chicago, receiving the Ph.D. in 1982. After a couple more years in the Southwest, he spent three years in the Canadian Arctic, working in the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay. That was followed by two years in Guatemala, teaching and doing spiritual direction at a minor seminary run by the Benedictine monks near the city of Quetzaltenango, and also serving as an auxiliary chaplain at the regional medical center close by the seminary campus.
IN 2000 he returned to the U.S. and began ten years in Chicago, all but two of which were spent at St. Peter’s in the Loop, the Franciscan service church in the center of the city. After another year in the Southwest, this time in northern Arizona, he returned to Northern Canada and the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, to work as a parish priest and as the director of the diocesan permanent deacon formation program. His work there completed, he returned to the U.S. in May of this year, and after a brief (very brief) stay in Gary, has come to Michigan City.