Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Batule was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1985 for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at Saint Agnes Cathedral. He was first assigned to Saint Boniface Church in Elmont, NY, from 1985 to 1990, then Saint Martha Church in Uniondale, NY, from 1990 – 1993. In 1993, he was transferred to Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, NY, and served there until 2002. The last year of his service in that parish was as the Administrator. From 2002 until 2004, he worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre until his appointment as the Pastor of Holy Family Church in Hicksville, NY. In 2006, he was assigned to further studies in Rome, Italy, at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Angelicum), where he studied dogmatic theology. He returned from advanced studies in 2008 and was assigned to the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor, NY, as a faculty member. In 2012, he began service as a faculty member at Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, NY. His first assignment there was just one year when he was called to be a Pastor again, this time at Corpus Christi in Mineola where he had once served as a parochial vicar and Administrator. From 2013 until 2016, Msgr. Batule exercised the pastorate until his return to the faculty of Saint Joseph Seminary, where he continues to teach dogmatic theology.
Along with an active pastoral ministry spanning more than 30 years, Msgr. Batule has taught at Saint John’s University in New York as an adjunct professor. He has also published articles, book reviews and essays in numerous publications over several decades. In 2017, he was named the Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic Social Science Review, a publication of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
Msgr. Batule received papal honors with the title Monsignor in late 2003. He is grateful to his parents for the gift of life and their example, to God for his vocation to the priesthood, and to his siblings and friends for their support and encouragement over the years. He hopes that his contributions pastorally and educationally have helped the Church in her mission of evangelizing and teaching.
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