I am Fr. Robert J. Armato, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, now serving as pastor in the Parish of St. Margaret, Middle Village. I was ordained to the priesthood in 1995, “born out of the normal course of time”, as St. Paul put it. Overall, I am the educational product of both the NYC public school system and Catholic schools. I hold a BA in accounting (Queens College CUNY) as well as an MBA in management (St. John’s University) and two masters in theology (Seminary of the Immaculate Conception).
My first sixteen years after graduating from Queens College were spent in the insurance industry in various positions from auditor and broker to underwriting manager on the home office level before I finally responded to God’s call to enter into formation for the priesthood in 1990. During that time, I also served my neighbors as a member of the local community planning board for nine years, and my fellow parishioners for over twenty in various lay ministries. Throughout the business period of my life, I was privileged to make the acquaintance of and develop lasting friendships with many people and so I have few regrets for having entered the seminary at the relatively “old” age of thirty-eight years.
My seminary training was done at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. Since ordination, I have ministered in several multi-cultural parishes in Queens and Brooklyn as an associate – Incarnation (Queens Village), St. Bernadette (Dyker Heights), St. Joseph (Astoria) and Our Lady of Hope (Middle Village) – and as a pastor at St. Frances Cabrini (Bensonhurst). The people of God have been great wherever I’ve encountered them.
I also have served in several diocesan assignments and commissions including the Presbyteral Council, the Art & Architecture Commission of which I am currently chairman, and in helping to redesign the Diocesan insurance program (my business background coming into play). In addition, I was a master of ceremonies to Bishop Valero for several years, which gave me an opportunity to see other parts of the Church in our diocese.
In addition to the on-going study of theology, my principal interests include liturgy, history, archaeology, languages (I minister in three besides English), classic literature, several periods and types of music, and traveling abroad, especially in Europe. Though never athletic (and less inclined to be so, now that I have entered into my sixties), I do enjoy working out in-house. I also like to get my hands dirty, whether in the garden or the kitchen, or in an occasional carpentry or home remodeling project.