Vatican City, Sep 11, 2020 / 05:30 am
Pope Francis Friday appointed three auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Chicago, including one of the founders of the religious community Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Fr. Robert J. Lombardo, CFR, is the director of Our Lady of the Angels Mission Center in Chicago. He is the first Franciscan Friar of the Renewal to be named a bishop.
Known as Fr. Bob, Bishop-elect Lombardo, 63, came to Chicago in 2005 at the request of the late Cardinal Francis George, who asked him to set up a center for outreach to the poor on the West Side of Chicago.
From Stamford, Connecticut, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University in 1979 and received two master's degrees in theology and pastoral counseling before entering the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins in 1980.