Fr Bob Penhallurick is a native of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. He emigrated to the USA in 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of East Anglia, UK in 1996 and incardinated into the Diocese of Columbus in 2004. He became a U.S. citizen in 2012.
After serving at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge, UK, from 1996-1999, Fr Bob was given permission to work for two years in the USA: he never left!
He was Parochial Vicar at St. Peter's, Columbus, from 1999-2002, Parochial Vicar at St. Brendan the Navigator, Hilliard, from 2002-2003 and Pastor of St Francis de Sales , Newark, from 2003-2012.
Fr Bob has a Bachelors degree in Theology ('93) and a Masters degree with a concentration in Bioethics and Healthcare ('96), both from the University of Southampton, UK. He completed his formation for the sacred priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, England in 1996.
In 2013 he completed the masters level certification course with the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. His Masters thesis in 1996 was on the freezing of human embryos, and his thesis last year focused on issues to do with medical futility and therapeutic obstinacy.
Fr. Bob has been Pastor of St Brendan the Navigator, Hilliard, since 2012. He is currently the Area Dean for the North West Deanery, and a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors. He is also Chaplain to the St John Paul II Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, and sits on a number of diocesan committees.