Father Robert T. Scott, CSP, dies

July 16, 2012

Father Robert Titus Scott, CSP, died July 16. A Wake service will be held July 18 from 4-8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J. A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered July 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s. Paulist President Father Michael B. McGarry will preside; Father Michael A. Hanly will deliver the homily. Interment will take place following the liturgy in the Paulist Fathers section of St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery in Oak Ridge N.J. Father Scott was 90 years old.

Born in East Orange, N.J., in 1921, Father Scott studied at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C. He made his first promise with the Paulist community in 1943 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1949.

Father Scott’s first pastoral assignment was as a staff member at the Paulist Center in Boston from June through September 1949. He then served at St. Lawrence Church in Monett, Mont., from 1949-1950 and St. Ann, Church in Boston from 1950-52.

Make a gift in memory of Fr. Scott The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Paulist mother church in Manhattan, was Father Scott’s next stop, serving on the parish staff from 1952-53. He then served on the mission band out of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco from 1953-57 before going into parish and campus ministry at St. John University Parish in Morgantown, W.Va., from 1957-60.

Father Scott served as the Paulist community’s vocation director from 1960-62, then went back to St. John in Morgantown as pastor from 1962-68. He again served as vocation director from 1968-69.

Campus ministry again beckoned, and Father Scott served at the St. Thomas More Newman Center at the Ohio State University in Columbus from 1969-70. He then served in campus ministry at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., before becoming director of the University Catholic Center at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1973-74. He served a brief special assignment at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro before becoming the founding pastor of St. Paul the Apostle in Greensboro from 1974-79.

In January 1979, Father Scott returned to San Francisco to again serve at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, but he soon went back to campus ministry, this time at John XXIII University Parish at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1979-80. He then served a special assignment at Holy Family Parish in Clemmons, N.C., from 1980-81

Father Scott served at St. Austin Church in Austin from 1981-86, serving on the pastoral staff as well as chaplain to Baylor and Southwestern universities and in reconciliation ministry before entering senior ministry status. He came out of retirement to serve at John XXIII University Parish in Knoxville from 1994-99. Father Scott also served at St. Paul the Apostle Chapel in Horseshoe Bay, Tex., in 1999 before returning to senior ministry.