Staff Member: Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr.
Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr.
Fr. Bob was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Buffalo on July 3, 1987. He has served in a diversity of ministries and assignments as a transitional deacon, parochial vicar, pastor and Episcopal Vicar. Assignments have included parishes in the inner city (St. James, Buffalo), suburbs (St. Amelia, Tonawanda; St. Philip the Apostle, Cheektowaga; St. Mary, Swormville), campus ministry (University of Buffalo), and the formation faculty of Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. He, formerly, assisted with weekend masses at St. Barnabas Parish, Depew, and Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Hamburg. He has served as a Catholic Chaplain for individuals with developmental disabilities for almost 25 years and continues to celebrate a weekly mass, with this community, on Saturday evenings at St. John Vianney Church.
Fr. Bob was officially appointed pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in May, 2012. In addition, he remains a part-time member of the seminary formation faculty, a member of the Board of Directors for Peaceprints™ Prison Ministries, and a member of the Catholic Urban Outreach Network.
Recent involvements: chairperson of the Board of Directors for Peaceprints™ Prison Ministries, coordinator of the Catholic Urban Outreach Network, and a member of the Clinical Pastoral Education Professional Advisory Committee, Sisters Hospital.
Fr. Bob has a brother and 2 sisters of whom he is the eldest. He boasts of 2 nieces and 5 nephews. His father and mother reside, happy and healthy, in Niagara County. He attended 14 Holy Helpers Elementary School (Gardenville), St. Mary’s High School (Lancaster). Canisius College (BA Biology), the University at Buffalo –Roswell Park Division (MA Natural Sciences) and Christ the King Seminary (MDiv).