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Rev. George Patrick ROBINSON, C.Ss.R.

Rev. George Patrick ROBINSON, C.Ss.R.

Male 1862 - 1913  (50 years)

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  • Name George Patrick ROBINSON 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Suffix C.Ss.R. 
    Relationshipwith Brian Mark BUSSIERE
    Born 8 Feb 1862  L'anse Des Meres, Sillery, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism Saint-Columba-DE-Sillery Parish, Sillery, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census information 1881  Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Professed 23 Aug 1889  Kansas City, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ordained 23 Oct 1894  College Chapel, St-Joseph, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ordained by Bishop Maurice Burke 
    Died 30 Jan 1913  Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1 Feb 1913  Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 6 siblings 
    Person ID I542  Bussiere Robinson | Brian's ancestors
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2016 

    Father George ROBINSON,   b. 24 Apr 1833, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1915, Québec, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Margaret Matilda O'BRIEN,   b. 11 Oct 1832, Ste-Foy, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1875, L'Anse Des Mères, Sillery, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1858  Saint-Columba-DE-Sillery Parish, Sillery, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Anastasia Connolly-Bogue signed as a witness at George and Margaret's wedding (possibly her maid-of-honor). Other witnesses were John Roache and Mary Fitzpatrick.

      Extract from the register of St-Colomba-de-Sillery Church:

      "Marriage 12 - G. Robertson & Marg. O'Brien

      On the sixteenth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight by virtue of a dispensation granted by the Very Reverend C. F. Cazeau, Vicar General of this diocefs for the purpose of withdrawing the prohibition of the church which prevents George Robinson protestant of the parish of Quebec, the son of age of Nelson George Robinson and of the late Caroline Christopher of Bytown on the one part and Margaret O'Brien of this parish, the daughter of age of the late Patrick O'Brien and of Mary Roache of this parish on the other part from contracting marriage with one another, and a dispensation of publication of abnns having been granted by the above Vicar General, no other impediment to their marriage having been discovered, we the undersigned parish priest received their mutual consent of marriage in the presence of John Roche and of Ann Roche, Anastasia Bogue, Mary Fitzpatrick, Mary McInenly and Eliza Robitaille undersigned with the bride and groom, two words between lines good.

      Margaret O'Brien (signature)
      Geo. Robinson (signature)
      Anastasia Bogue (signature)
      Mary Fitzpatrick (signature)
      Mary McInenly (signature)
      Anne Roche (signature)
      Eliza Robitaille (signature)
      Jno Roche (signature)

      P.H. Harkin P.P."
    Family ID F158  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Feb 1862 - L'anse Des Meres, Sillery, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - - Saint-Columba-DE-Sillery Parish, Sillery, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus information - 1881 - Québec, Québec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProfessed - 23 Aug 1889 - Kansas City, Missouri Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - Ordained by Bishop Maurice Burke - 23 Oct 1894 - College Chapel, St-Joseph, Missouri Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Jan 1913 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Feb 1913 - Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    George Patrick Robinson - circa 1871.jpg
    George Patrick Robinson - circa 1871.jpg
    Mount Calvary Cemetery.gif
    Mount Calvary Cemetery.gif
    Oak Grove Cemetery - Grand Rapids Michigan
    Oak Grove Cemetery - Grand Rapids Michigan
    Rev George Robinson - obituary
    Rev George Robinson - obituary
    Margaret Robinson and parents - 1899
    Margaret Robinson and parents - 1899
    L'Anse des meres, Québec
    George Patrick Robinson
    George Patrick Robinson

    Headstones
    Father George Robinson
    Father George Robinson
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Histories
    Father George Robinson
    Father George Robinson
    Margaret Robinson and parents - 1899.jpg
    Margaret Robinson and parents - 1899.jpg

    Baptism - Birth Docs
    George Patrick Robinson - Baptism 1862
    George Patrick Robinson - Baptism 1862
    St-Colomban Church
    Quebec, Quebec

    1862

    B 8

    On the ninth of February, one thousand eight hundred and sixty two, we the undersigned priest baptise George Patrick, born yesterday of the lawful marriage of George Robinson, bookkeeper, and Margaret O'Brien of this parish. The sponsors were Martin O'Brien and Catherine O'Brien, undersigned with the father.

    Catherine O'Brien (sig)
    Martin O'Brien (sig)
    Geo. Robinson (sig)

    PH Harkin, PP

    Death - Burial Docs
    Father George Robinson obituary
    Father George Robinson obituary
    Father George Robinson obituary
    Father George Robinson obituary
    Rev George Patrick Robinson - Death certificate.jpeg
    Rev George Patrick Robinson - Death certificate.jpeg

    Census
    1881 Census - Canada - George Robinson
    1881 Census - Canada - George Robinson
    Location: Champlain road, Quebec City
    George Robinson (noted as Robertson) - 48 yrs old - widower - merchant
    George P. Robinson - 19 yrs old - clerk
    Nelson W. Robinson - 17 yrs old - student
    Albert Ed. Robinson - 16 yrs old - student
    Alfred M. Robinson - 12 yrs old - student
    Mary Elizabeth - 7 yrs old - student
    Mary O'Brien - 76 yrs old - Ireland - widow
    Mary O'Brien - 33 yrs old
    Louisa Sinclair - 19 yrs old

  • Notes 
    • Godparents - Martin O'Brien (Uncle) and Kate O'Brien (Aunt).

      George decided to become a Redemptorist priest at the age of 24. He applied for and was admitted to the Redemptorist juvenate in Kansas City in 1886. He was invested in the habit on August 23rd, 1888, and was professed on August 23rd, 1889. His novice master was Father Joseph Firle. His studendate days were also spent at Kansas City. As a student he was conscientious, hard-working and a model of regular observance. His kind, gentle manners and manly principles won the respect and admiration of his fellow students and superiors. He was raised to priesthood on October 23rd, 1894 by Bishop Maurice Burke of St-Joseph, Missouri in the college chapel.

      After completion of his studies in the studendate, he was assigned to Detroit (1895), then to St-Louis (1896). He made his second novitate at Kirkwood (Windsor Springs) under the direction of father Timothy Enright (July 5 to September 4, 1897). He was then assigned for a year to St-Alphonsus "Rock" Church in St-Louis. On April 19, 1898, he was sent to New Orleans, spending most of his time in charge of Notre Dame Church. His administration of the parish was remembered as one of progress, charity, prudence and the most self-sacrificing zeal. His heart was with the people of New Orleans.

      He was sent to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Octber 26th, 1909 - his final appointment. In his quiet, unassuming way, he went about doing good, never resting, always ready and willing to answer the call of duty. The admirable constancy of his zeal and charity was discovered by those in distress and affliction and Father Robinson soon became the "always-to-be-counted-upon friend" of the sick and the poor.

      During the Christmas holidays of 1912, he contracted what seemed to be a severe cold, but paying little attention to it, he continued his duties, having at that time an unusual amount of work at hand. But Father Cantwell, his superior, fearing that the cold could develop into pneumonia, suggested that he go to St-Mary's Hospital for a little rest and treatment. He yielded. On leaving the house he said more seriously than in jest that it was positively humiliating to be railroaded off for a vacation when there was so much sickness in the parish and so much work to be done.

      He spent little more than two weeks at St-Mary's, saying Mass each morning and performing with great zeal and devotion the ordinary duties of chaplain. He visited patients daily, impressing all with his gentleness and charity and winning back a few souls who had strayed from the Faith.

      He returned home on January 28th saying "This enforced retirement has been refreshing to the body and soul. I've really made a nice little retreat! Tomorrow I must settle down to work; I've been loafing long enough! I have a hundred things to do and the good Lord only knows where I am to begin!"

      On the evening of January 29th, 1913, while instructing a young couple in the Faith, Father Robinson was siezed with cerebral apoplexy. Before leaving for the hospital, Father Cantwell administered the last sacrements. Father Robinson made his confession in characteristic childlike way, and after his act of contrition, repeated devoutly and distinctly the aspiration: "Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul!" He died a few hours later.

      The funeral services were held on February 1st in St-Alphonsus Church. The solemn high mass was offered by his cousin Father Connolly. Bishop Richter of Grand Rapids presided and gave the final blessing.

      He was buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.