Fr. Robert Fox – RIP

I understand that Fr. Robert Fox has passed away on (U.S.) Thanksgiving Day.

May he rest in peace.

Fr. Fox was a great apostle of Our Lady of Fatima and her message.

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  1. andrew r says:

    Thank you Fr Z for posting this death notice about Fr Fox.

    A couple of years ago in his journal, Immaculate Heart Messenger, he featured a cover story about the Old Mass.

    The article was written by a young father, who intimated that teaching young boys to serve the Latin Mass, is a great way of teaching them masculinity, and though this a way of fathers bonding with their sons.

    In all the time I have accessed WDTPRS, I have never heard this argument advanced, but I think it is very important when one considers the contemporary crisis of masculinity and fatherhood.

  2. Kimberly says:

    May he rest in peace.

  3. MrsHall says:

    He was a wonderful advocate for families. God rest his soul.

  4. irishgirl says:

    I first saw the notice on, then went to the website of his apostolate,
    The new editor and director, a married man named John C. Preiss, has written a death notice and has asked that those who knew him or who went on his youth pilgrimages to Fatima submit something in writing, so it might be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

    I only hope that the Fatima Family Apostolate will survive Fr. Fox’s death. He worked almost entirely on his own, with no ‘assistant’ until he moved to Alabama and met Mr. Preiss.

    I wrote a letter yesterday to Mr. Preiss expressing my sympathy, and telling him that I saw Fr. Fox when I was at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville in May 2005. Father passed by me when I was praying in the chapel, and then I saw him crossing the piazza to say the noon Mass in the Lower Church. He stopped to sign a copy of his magazine for a lady.

    I have been a longtime subscriber to the ‘Immaculate Heart Messenger’ magazine, ever since he started it. Regrettably, I never went on any of his Fatima pilgrimages [they were always in July and August, which are too hot for me weather-wise] because I was working and I was ‘too old’ age-wise. And I now I regret not being able to speak to him in 2005.

    May he rest in peace, with no more suffering, no more pain. May Our Lady hold him in her loving arms!

  5. Fr_Sotelo says:

    “Ecce sacerdos magnus.”

    What was said to Fulton Sheen by JPII could be said of Fox: “you have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus. You are a loyal son of the Church.”

    He worked tirelessly to spread the Blue Army and the message of Our Lady of Fatima. I believe he was an alumnus of the seminary in St. Paul, Minneapolis, but I could be wrong.

  6. irishgirl says:

    Fr_Sotelo: Hear hear! What you said!

    I kind of think that Fr. Fox attended the seminary in Minneapolis-he was from nearby South Dakota, after all!

  7. irishgirl says:

    Just went back to the obituary notice from the Cullman Times [link from Fr. Ignotius]:

    Fr. Fox attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota for two years, then went for his theological and philosophical studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    So you were right, Fr_Sotelo!

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