Father Robert Basler, O.S.A.
Pastor, Fr. Robert Basler, O.S.A.
Office: (815) 485-8049
Robert Basler was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. He earned his high school diploma from Rich East High School, Park Forest in 1988. After earning an associate degree from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois in 1995.
After working for several years as a fire alarm technician and in the hotel industry, Fr. Robert entered the Augustinian Pre-Novitiate formation program at St. Rita Parish, Chicago in early 2005. He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate, Racine, Wisconsin on August 15, 2005. He professed his first vows in the Order of St. Augustine in 2006 and his solemn vows six years later.
After professing temporary vows, Brother Basler began theological studies at Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. residing at Augustinian College, also in Washington. In 2007, when the Augustinian formation program moved from Washington to Chicago, he transferred to Catholic Theological Union, residing at St. Augustine Friary, Chicago.
He completed a pastoral year at San José Obrero Parish, Chulucanas, Peru from the summer of 2011 through the summer of 2012.
After his pastoral year, he returned to St. Augustine Friary, Chicago where he completed his theological studies at Catholic Theological Union, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 2013.
He was ordained a transitional deacon on January 13, 2013. On June 8, 2013, Bishop Daniel T. Turley, O.S.A., ordained Robert Basler to the priesthood at Saint Rita of Cascia Parish in Chicago. He was ordained alongside Fr. Homero Sánchez, O.S.A., who served as an Associate Pastor at St. Jude from 2013 to 2016.
In July 2013, Fr. Bernie Scianna, O.S.A., appointed Father Basler to be the Associate Pastor of St. Turibius Parish, Chicago. He began his assignment as Associate Pastor of St. Jude - New Lenox in the summer of 2016 and became Pastor in June 2018.