Name: Fr. Robert Busher
Years ordained: 33
Current assignment: Rector/pastor Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport.
How did you know you were being called to priesthood? When I finally said yes. The peace I felt, and thinking, “I’ll give it a try.” I was 24 when I entered St. Ambrose (minor seminary). I’d been thinking about it for three, four or five years.
Aside from your ordination Mass, what was your most memorable Mass? My 25th anniversary Mass with family and friends. Afterwards, I could just sit down and be with family and friends. The other Mass that is memorable is first Eucharist for the kids. That just really blows me away — being able to offer them Jesus for the first time. Another one is Thanksgiving Mass. I wish Thanksgiving would be made an American holy day.
What is most rewarding about being a priest? Being available to all people, sharing the sacraments and helping people through difficult times, oftentimes through reconciliation.
What is most challenging about being a priest? Trying to be all things to all people, and then learning that you can’t. Seeing and also serving people as they are trying to live through their pains.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? Paul to the Colossians (Chapter 3:12): “Clothe yourself in heartfelt mercy, humility and patience.” It’s a constant reminder and challenge on how to live our lives.
What is your hobby? I enjoy cooking. Leo (the late Msgr. Leo Feeney) and I always cooked. We cooked together for 33 years. I enjoy traveling and I enjoy reading John Grisham novels.