Father John C. Robinson, 90, passed away on Sept. 28. Father Robinson attended St. Paul's Grammar and High School in Birmingham and St. Bernard Minor Seminary in Cullman. He graduated from Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1954 and was ordained May 27, 1954, at St. Paul's Church in Birmingham by Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen.
Following his ordination, Father Robinson served as assistant pastor of St. Paul Parish, Birmingham; St. Mary Parish, Mobile; and St. Peter the Apostle, Birmingham. He was pastor of St. Bridget Parish, Whistle as well as St. Joan of Arc Parish and St. Monica Parish, Mobile. He served as pastor of Holy Family in Mobile from 1970 to 1982 and returned in 1986 where he served until he retired in 1998. Father Robinson moved to Birmingham in 1998 to be closer to his family and was in residence at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church from 1998 until 2016. He also served as chaplain at the Birmingham Southern University Newman Center, director of the Archdiocesan Pontifical Missions Society (Propagation of the Faith, Missionary Co-op, Holy Childhood Society) and many other ministries for the Church.
He attended Notre Dame Center for Clergy Education from 1985 to 1986. He was a resident of Mount Royal Towers until his death.
Father Robinson was predeceased by his parents, Hugh J. Robinson, Sr. and Mary Ellen Robinson as well as five brothers, Bert H. Robinson, Hudson L. Robinson, Hugh J. Robinson, Jr., Lewis J. Robinson and Samuel P. Robinson; two sisters, Edna M. Cox and Sister John Mary Robinson. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1728 Oxmoor Rd. in Homewood. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Daughters of Charity Foundation, 9200 New Harmony Rd., Evansville, Indiana 47720 or to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1728 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood, AL 35209 and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 2061 Patton Chapel Rd., Hoover, AL 35216.
Please keep Father Robinson and his family in your thoughts and prayers.