The Parish Family of St. Robert was founded on June 18, 1971 by direction of Bishop George Ahr with Father Thomas Dentici as founding Pastor. Joining him were Father Leo Kelty as Associate Pastor and Father Benedict Lindner in residence. From 1971 to 1975, weekend masses were held in various Freehold Township elementary schools. Religious education classes were conducted in private homes, a practice continued through the 1980s.
A Parish Center was dedicated in 1975 at its current site on Georgia Road. From 1972 to the mid 1980s, Sisters of Mercy provided a variety of services to the Parish. With the departure of Monsignor Dentici in 1978, the Parish opted to implement a co-pastorate with Fathers Frank Kaspar and John Butler sharing pastoral duties.
This form of Parish administration was dissolved with the arrival of Fr. John Ryan as the new Pastor in August of 1979. Fr. John Kielb served as the associate. Robert Wosniak was installed as Pastor and Fr. John Muthig took up residence. Fr. Thomas O'Connor, assumed his duties in 1988.
In 1997, Most Reverend John M. Smith dedicated 17 classrooms for the children of the religious education program of Saint Robert Bellarmine.
On December 7, 2002, the Most Reverend John M. Smith dedicated the new church of the Church of Saint Robert Bellarmine. The church was built to meet the future needs of the parish, with capability to seat over 1200 people. The project was conducted under the leadership of master architect, Vincent S. Riggi of VS Riggi Architects, Dunmore, PA.
Protecting God's Children - Making the Church a safe environment for all, particularly children and at-risk adults, is a major priority of the administration and staff of Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish Family. Please take a look at the posters and "Safe Environment & Standards of Conduct Policy" that are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish Center. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to make our church, homes and community safer, please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Mark Russoniello at 732-462-7429, ext. 122 or email@example.com.
To report the sexual abuse of minors call the diocesan hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.
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