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Rev. Robert J. Roll

Rev. Robert J. Roll
Title: The Last Pastor
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Father Bob was the dynamic pastor of St. Bride.  Father sets the warm and friendly tone of our parish.  He is always ready with a smile, a caring ear -- and a good story.  He will retire after 43 years of service to the Archdiocese of Chicago in January 2020.

Born in Chicago in January of 1951, Father Robert J. Roll credits his vocation to the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.  After attending public school for the first two years in Des Plaines, IL, where his family had moved in the late 1950's,  he then attended Our Lady of Hope School in Rosemont, IL.  Fr. Roll was a member of the second graduating class of Our Lady of Hope School (1965)  now closed. He attended high school at Quigley North; and college at Niles College of Loyola University (now St. Joseph Seminary). 
Father Bob Roll was ordained on May 11, 1977, at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL, with his first assignment being an associate pastor at St. Constance in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago. He has also served as an associate at St. Giles in Oak Park and at St. Cornelius in Chicago. Father Roll was named pastor of SS. Peter and Paul on Chicago's southwest side, in the McKinley Park neighborhood, in 1986 where he served for eighteen years. During that time, he also served as a Dean in Vicariate V and as a non-resident pastor of St. Maurice parish.
 In August 2004, Father Roll was assigned as the ninth Pastor of St. Bride Parish in Chicago's historic South Shore neighborhood.  The Church closed in August 2020.


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