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Posted on 05/07/2013 7:50:45 AM PDT by topher
In Loving Memory of Father Edward Mathias "Matt" Robinson, O.P.
Father Edward Mathias ("Matt") Robinson, O.P., passed away peacefully Thursday evening, March 29, 2012, at 9:25pm CDT in Irving. He was born on May 13, 1914, joined the St. Joseph Province of the Dominican Order in 1935, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1941.
Fr. Robinson dedicated a lengthy period of his life in the Diocese of Dallas and served well, upholding Sacred Doctrine and possessing an immense love for the people, for his brother and sister Dominicans, for his beloved Diocese, for the Sacraments, and for God Who Is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He loved the Holy Scriptures and faithfully proclaimed God's Holy Word with his words and actions. He was a model religious and priest.
For over 20 years, Fr. Robinson served as a teacher at Bishop Lynch High School and later Cistercian Preparatory. He also served as a spiritual director to many of the University of Dallas staff and students. Fr. Robinson's final and most passionate ministry was as ,I.a Pro-Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Dallas which he served in for 38 years.
A learned teacher, preacher, and confessor, Fr. Robinson, known as "the Patriarch of the Pro-Life Movement in Dallas," was a steadfast voice and presence on behalf of the sacredness of life for four decades. His preaching called all of us to promote life and to trust in an infinitely loving and merciful God. He helped shepherd the conversion of Norma McCorvey, "Roe" of the historic case Roe v. Wade which ushered in legalized abortion and the deaths of tens of millions of innocent unborn babies in this country. He also published Fetal Life and Abortion in 1975 and maintained an excellent web site for the pro-life movement at unbornperson.org. He is fittingly the namesake of the Pro-Life Person of the Year Award given annually at the Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner in Dallas since its inception in 1994.
Services for Fr. Robinson were held at the Church of the Incarnation, University of Dallas in Irving, as follows:
Sunday, April 1, 2012 Viewing and Wake from 2 - 5 p.m., followed by the Office for the Dead at 5 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012 10 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial, preceded by visitation at 9 a.m. and followed by burial at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Father Robinson was laid to rest just a few feet away from the Memorial to the Unborn, the grave of more than 1,000 aborted babies, where he faithfully participated in the annual "Cemetery of the Innocents" Memorial Service each year since the grave site was established in 1984.
We are all so very grateful for this dear man, Dominican religious, priest and "pro-life saint." Let us give thanks for Fr. Robinson's exemplary life as we pray for the repose of his soul.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
He passed away just under the age of 100 -- born exactly 3 years before the first apparition of Fatima, he passed away just a few days after the Feast of the Annunciation -- March 29, 2012. He was 97+ years at the time of death.
There were two priests who helped bring Norma McCorvey into the Catholic Church in the 1990's. One was Father Frank Pavone. The other was Father Matt Robinson, OP.
One thing that some pro-lifers did after going to abortion clinics on Saturday morning was to attend the Mass at the Dominican Priory (which started around Noon). This was on the campus of the University of Dallas.
He was involved in the website: http://www.unbornperson.org/Home_Page.html