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All because of God
Franciscan friar Bob Lombardo knows whom to thank for his flourishing
ATHER RoBERT Lombardo,
C.F.R. is not one to talk much
about himself. The 54-year-
old priest quietly acknowledges in a
few words that his parents still live in
Connecticut, that the Ursuline sisters
taught him in grade school, and that he
Heidi Schlumpf is an associate
professor of communication
at Aurora University in the Chicago suburbs and the author
of While We Wait: Spiritual and
Practical Advice for Those Trying
to Adopt (ACTA).
is a graduate of the University of notre
o.K., maybe he has a few extra
things to say about the sorry state of
Fighting irish football.
What Lombardo really likes to talk
about is his ministry in one of Chicago’s
poorest neighborhoods and the new
religious order he is mentoring. But even
then he is reluctant to mention much
about his role in either of these major
accomplishments. Lombardo is clear: it’s
not about him.
“This is not my doing; it’s God’s do-
ing,” he says, even eschewing the term