Fr. Robert J. Scullin, SJ
Fr. Robert J. Scullin, SJ was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan along with three other siblings. He attended Shrine of the Little Flower Elementary School, University of Detroit High School and entered the novitiate of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus in 1964. His formation included undergraduate studies at the University of Detroit, philosophy and theology studies at Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois, and theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Prior to ordination he taught high school English at St. John’s High School, Toledo, OH and served as pastoral assistant at Gesu Parish, in Cleveland. Following ordination, he studied Spanish at the Instituto de Idiomas in Cochabamba, Bolivia and served in the Office for Hispanic Affairs of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He has served in Hispanic and African American parishes in Cleveland, Port Huron, New York City, and Columbus, Ohio. From 1989 to1990, he worked as interim director at St. Malachi Center, Cleveland, a multi-service neighborhood center. As an associate director of the National Jesuit Office for Social Ministry of the Jesuit Conference, he was a principal organizer of a national conference “Faith Doing Justice” in Detroit in 1991. He pronounced final vows in the Society of Jesus in 1993. Following the completion of Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 2000, he was appointed Provincial of the Detroit Province. In 2008, Father Scullin participated in the 35th General Congregation which elected Father Adolfo Nícolas as Superior General of the order. In 2009, Father Scullin was appointed pastor of Gesu, serving for eight years, after which he served as superior of the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Clarkston for three years. Father Scullin occasionally composes songs with religious and political themes and has recorded one CD And It’s So Clear.