May 28, 2017

Rev. Robert W. Marshall

Fr. Robert Marshall

Father Robert W. Marshall has been the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church since June 2012.  A native Memphian, Fr. Marshall is the son of Margaret Anne Martin Marshall and the late Robert W. Marshall, Sr.  He is a graduate of Catholic schools and received his undergraduate degree from Christian Brothers University (B.A. History, 1980).  He received a Juris Doctorate from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis (J.D., 1983), and was engaged in the private practice of law in St. Louis, Missouri (1983-1986) and as a corporate attorney in Memphis (1986-1995).

Discerning a call to priesthood, Fr. Marshall was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Memphis and entered Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1995.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000, and has served as Associate Pastor of the Church of the Incarnation, Collierville (2000-2002), and as Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Humboldt/St. Matthew Church, Milan (2002-2004), and the Church of the Ascension, Memphis (2004-2012).

Fr. Marshall has served the diocese in a number of capacities – notably as Chairman of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, as a Master of Ceremonies for Bishop emeritus J. Terry Steib, as a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Committee, and as a member of the Presbyteral Council.  He continues to serve on the College of Consultors.  In 2016, Fr. Marshall was appointed by the Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee to serve as a Special Assistant to the Bishop and, in that capacity, also serves on the Administrative Board of the diocese.  Fr. Marshall serves on the Board of Advisors of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School and on the Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers University.  He is a regular participant in trivia contests and is a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.