Reverend Monsignor Monte Eugene Robinson entered eternal life on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at the age of 66, at his church rectory at St. Philomena Parish in Belmont. He was born on May 3, 1949 in Hillsboro and is predeceased by his parents, George and Hazel [Wood] Robinson, and his brother, David Robinson. He is survived by his brother, Danny Robinson, of Beloit, and his sister, Sharon (Greg) Cardone of Hobart.
After attending Hillsboro Public Elementary School, Monsignor Robinson graduated from Beloit Catholic High School. He then attended Holy Name Seminary and subsequently received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree and a Masters of Divinity (theology) degree from St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis. He was ordained a priest by Most Reverend Cletus F. O’Donnell, Bishop of Madison, on May 23, 1975 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. He subsequently attended a sabbatical program at the Pontifical North American College in Rome in 2002.
Monsignor Robinson served the Diocese of Madison as Associate Pastor at St. William Parish, Janesville, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Cuba City, and St. John the Baptist Parish, Waunakee. He served as Pastor at St. Mary Parish, Bloomington with Mission of St. John Parish, Patch Grove, St. Philomena Parish, Belmont with Missions of St. Michael Parish, Calamine and Immaculate Conception Parish, Truman, and most recently at Ss. Mary and Paul Parish, Mineral Point, and St. Philomena Parish, Belmont. He also served as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus Council #11884 from October 2000 to June 2001 and served as the Faithful Friar of Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Monsignor Francis X. Gray Assembly # 2424, from May 2002 to June 30 2003. He was the founding member of the Tri-County Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly, and he started the Knights of Columbus in Belmont (3rd Degree). He was also a member of the Secular Order of Franciscans (former 3rd Order of St. Francis) and a member of the Junior Classical League for the study and preservation of the Latin language. Monsignor Robinson received papal honors through Investiture as a Chaplain of His Holiness (Monsignor) on June 8, 2015.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ss. Mary & Paul Catholic Church, 224 Davis St., Mineral Point, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will be the celebrant with Reverend Father Bart Timmerman as homilist. A Visitation at Ss. Mary & Paul Catholic Church will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a Scripture Service to follow at 5:00 p.m. presided by Reverend Father James Leeser, Parochial Administrator of Ss. Mary & Paul Parish, Mineral Point, and St. Philomena Parish, Belmont. A visitation will also be held at the church on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. The Rite of Committal will take place at St. Philomena Resurrection Cemetery, Belmont. A funeral luncheon will take place at Belmont Convention Center, 102 W. Mound View Ave., Belmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ss. Mary & Paul and St. Philomena Catholic Parishes.
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