ANDERSON, Ind. —
Rev. Robert L. Williams
Pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Ambrose Church in Anderson
When the Rev. Robert Williams came to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1984, the faithful were being challenged by the results of Vatican II, recalled church member Mary Ann Nivens.
Worshipers were often overwhelmed by the changes. Locally, many looked to Father Bob, as he is affectionately called.
“As the years passed we all realized what a wonderful person we had in our midst ... We learned that he was vibrant, energetic, spiritual, caring, loving and the best advocate for the poor anyone could ever ask for.”
Father Bob starts his day early. He visits hospitals, jail inmates and nursing home patients while serving his congregation.
“In spite of all this, he does take time for himself,” noted Kathleen Finnegan Halleck. “He paints and has become a notable artist and he can be seen canoeing down the White River. He is known for playing the guitar and singing his Irish ballads.”
The church has developed an impressive ministry geared to Hispanics under his watch.
“He learned Spanish in order to serve the immigrants, implemented a bilingual Mass and language instruction in the school,” wrote Nancy Vaughan, president of the United Way of Madison County. “His steadfast integrity has helped me and many, many others be better citizens of Anderson and of the world.”