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Fr. Dave Robinson
Prior to my conception and life in Mom’s womb, my parents were told to have no more children. Acting on this medical counsel would mean countering Church teaching. My parents trusted in God, and I was the first of the next four children to join the five gifts our Lord had already given. Mom brought me to the turnstyle in the Spokane convent of the Poor Clares. Mom thanked them for their prayers.
In grade school and high school I had thoughts of priesthood. My principal saw something, and she asked me in the forth grade if I ever thought of priesthood. I said “yes.” When, at the age of twenty five, I told her I was entering, she replied, “It’s about time!” In high school my physics teacher offered lots of encouragement.
By senior year of college, I was sure God was calling me, but I did not want to cooperate. Securing daytime and nighttime jobs I left the university, though I kept praying and attending Mass almost daily. Given these graces, the Hound of Heaven closed in on me. I began to experiment with saying “yes.” Contentment not known before began to fill my heart.
When I let my parents know of my intention, they kept poker faces, asking only one question: “Do you think you will be happy?” The truth of my answer remains to this day, in no small part because of all who have prayed and are praying for me. So my gratitude is steered to you and The Trinity – Abba, Brother, and Spirit of Truth and Love. To all of our holy communion, I say: Thank You.
By 2011 I began the St. Philomena monthly mass and became part of the St. Philomena family worldwide, being appointed Depute Spiritual Director for USA, by Msgr. Giovanni Braschi, Rector of the Sanctuary of St. Philomena Italy.