Hey Father Bob, Thanks for your willingness to meet with me yesterday during your busy schedule and adjust time for my confession. WOW...I've been trying to get that done for quite
some time now. Very Hard for me as I have feared that a Priest would realling be harse and judgmental with me causing even more guilt. Instead when I met you in waffle house next to your church, you have a gentle loving spirit and forgiveness that immediately gave me comfort. God kept pulling me back to him and to go past your church so many times on a daily basis and see the "LOST SHEEP" signs I knew that he wanted me to reconcile with him and move on past the issues that have held me back from attending so many other Catholic Churches. I have been a fan of Saint Pio and know of his countless hours hearing confessions and reconciliation of penitents.
Eric R-Ladson, SC said:January 29, 2011 3:28 am PST
Dear Father Bob, Thank You for returning my phone call yesterday. I really didn't expect you to call me back so quick and truly be willing to listen and allow me time to vent. As I told you I have been struggling with many issues and your willingness to call, and meet with me gives me hope and encouragement. It has been very hard for me to come to confession for years but you have made it easier and I know that this sacrament of my reconciliation with God is real. So glad that I called you after driving past your church so many times and seeing the sign that drew me to call you-"The Lost Sheep", wow how appropriate for me and so many others. Thanks again for being there for me and others.
S. Pinckney-Ladson, SC said:January 18, 2011 7:09 am PST
Hey Father Bob, Thanks for hearing my confession and getting me right with the Church. I am so glad I spoke to you last fall at the Farmers Market in Summerville. This has been a very hard thing for me as I've been a victim of abuse from a Priest for several years. Talking about it has seriously helped me and you telling me that even though I have felt it was all my fault and in fact it wasn't. But a person of abuse feels all the guilt and the abuser get away with destroying our innocence and childhood. We often come to that person for protection and Love and they turn that around into their own desires that are sick and hurtful for the rest of our lives. This priest is still alive and I have wished him to be long gone and have his severe judgment with God so many times one can only imagine. Thanks again Father it was very tough coming to any priest and trusting what I said was confidential and healing at the same time. I needed all this and will be a supporter of your Ministry for quite some time. I sure hope your superiors know the value that your doing here in Summerville area and how special you specifically are. God has placed a huge burden on you for this healing ministry, but I'm sure he has your back. I know that I felt a true presence of the Holy Spirit all around you when you where in prayer with me asking for forgiveness of my sins and the sins of that Priest. You gave me the comfort knowing now that GOD HAS THIS AND HE WILL DEAL WITH IT.
Peter Morrison-Summerville said:December 31, 2010 9:50 pm PST
Father Bob, Thank You for your willingness to met with me this week and hearing my confession. It took me quite some time for me to make the telephone call to even ask you to meet me at your church. I attend another Catholic Church in town and just didn't feel comfortable going to that priest. I talked to you this last summer a couple of times at the Summerville Farmers Market and you made me feel comfortable with you. Then during the confession time I spent talking to you I felt Jesus' Loving Arms wrap around me and holding me up during my confession. Gosh it's been so long and he knew that I needed that to come to a priest and he kept guiding me to you. I believe that St. Padre Pio was also guiding me as I was praying to him for intervention in my life and he kept telling me to go to confession and then my journey back would begin to forgiving myself and others. I had gone through years of sexual abuse by a man and had been blaming myself for these feelings and you have given me the strength to stand up for myself in all this and let go so that I can start living life again. Thanks again Father for being my confessor. I will be coming to St. Padre Pio regularly for confession.
Tom B from Summerville wrote: said:December 21, 2010 2:31 am PST
That is a statement in itself. Wow, I have seen you so many times in action and it's quite a performance in the true catholic sense. So much is missing from other priests and the mass. But not with you when you preside over the mass. I'm looking forward to the next time our paths cross. I have seen and heard many times the things that you've said to those attending your mass in sometimes a difficult time for them and how you WELCOME ALL TO THE TABLE OF THE LORD without judgment on what they have done or failed to do. You take the "Penitential Rite" that we pray in the beginning of mass to another level and help people understanding GODS FORGIVENESS. Thanks again Father Bob.
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