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Bob’s experience with Mercy began with the birth of his second child in 1964. Two more children arrived at Mercy’s birth center while Bob’s career took off at Collins Radio, later known as Rockwell Collins. He retired at the age of 56 after 31 years and credits that as the catalyst for why he volunteers at Mercy.
“I still had a lot to contribute,” he said.
St. Joseph’s in Marion was the Gruenloh parish, and they asked Bob to join their Befrienders Program. This was a pastoral outreach where members visited parishioners.
“It was a listening ministry," Bob said. "These were people who had troubles, but you weren’t there to advise, only to listen. I learned how to do this through a story of emptying your cup. You didn’t know who was behind that door, but if you entered with your own problems or your own agenda, your cup was too full to listen. You learned to empty your cup so those you visited could fill it with their own concerns.”
Bob started in this ministry and volunteering at Mercy in the mid-1990s and, early in those years, was called back a few times to work on contract at Rockwell to which he agreed with one condition. “I told them not on Thursdays because I volunteer at Mercy.”
The Befrienders Program was a natural step toward volunteering in the Pastoral Care office where chaplains serve the patients at Mercy. Bob helps coordinate those efforts by assisting with mailings and answering the phone.
Bob is a firm believer in the parenting approach he and his wife employed in that respect and responsibility are as important as reading, writing and arithmetic.
“Jesus teaches that there are two main commandments, and I only need two," he said. "You should see Christ in every person you meet. It can be hard but that’s why we’re human, so that’s what we strive to do.”
Thank you, Bob, for your commitment to the spiritual health of our patients and the community!