Greetings in the Lord!
Allow me to introduce myself through this bulletin column. My name is Fr. Robert Kitsmiller and I have been assigned by Bishop Campbell as the Associate Administrator of the parishes of Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist. Together, I hope that we can serve one another and become better disciples of our Lord. I am pleased to have this assignment and be the parish priest for you. A little about myself: I am from St. Philip the Apostle parish originally and grew up in Columbus. I graduated from St. Charles Preparatory School in 1986 and Xavier University in 1990. I worked a number of years as a paralegal before I entered the seminary in Columbus at the Pontifical College Josephinum in 1999. I was ordained in 2004 by Bishop Griffin and then assigned as the parochial vicar of St. Nicholas Church in Zanesville. In 2007, I was made the administrator of St. Simon and Jude parish in West Jefferson and then made pastor in 2008. In 2013, Bishop Campbell asked that I study canon law for the diocese so as to become a judge in the Tribunal of our diocese. I attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC from 2013 to 2016 and received my licentiate in Canon Law in 2016. In July of 2016, Bishop Campbell assigned me to the Tribunal as a judge and Adjutant Judicial Vicar with residence at St. Joseph Cathedral. Just recently, he appointed me Judicial Vicar to replace Msgr. Cody who recently retired from that post. Part of my duties as Judicial Vicar is to oversee the Tribunal of the diocese on behalf of the bishop. Our primary work is to hear and judge petitions for nullity of marriages. The Tribunal is located at the Catholic Center behind the Cathedral, hence the reason for my residence at the Cathedral. Nevertheless, I wish to assure you of my commitment to serve the pastoral needs of both parishes. I am really looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you. I also hope to continue the good work that Fr. Lonzo has done with you. In today’s Gospel, the Lord is asking us to prepare our hearts and minds to hear and accept his word so that we might bear fruit in our own lives and the in the lives of the people we interact with each day. May that be our goal each day of our lives.
God bless you all.
Fr. Robert Kitsmiller
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist