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Diocese of Charleston
Christ Our King: Fr Robert Spencer

Father Robert A Spencer was born and raised in Sylacauga, AL. He is the fourth of five children of Frank and Dorothy Spencer. He graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement. After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer.

After his military service, he worked as a Jesuit Volunteer working in the AIDS ministry in Hoboken, NJ. During this time, he lived in a lay religious community with five other Jesuit Volunteers in Jersey City, NJ.

After this one year committment, he started studies at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA. He was sponsored by the Diocese of Charleston, SC and co-sponsored by the Archdiocese for Military Services. He graduated in May, 1998 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained to the priesthood on July 11, 1998 by the Most Reverend David B Thompson.

Father Spencer will serve for 3 years in the Diocese of Charleston and then be released to the Military Archdiocese to serve as an active duty Navy Chaplain. Upon his military retirement, he will return to the Diocese of Charleston.

Compiled from The New Catholic Miscellany and Diocese Press Releases.