Father Bob Leaves George Mason after 14 Years

Posted: June 22, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

After 14 years of serving the George Mason community as chaplain and director of Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), Father Bob Cilinski offers his last mass on Sunday in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room at 11 a.m. He has been reassigned, and begins his position as administrator of All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas on Wednesday, June 28.

Cilinski says he will miss the day-to-day life of the campus and his constant interaction with the students the most. “But I will continue to share in the university life experience on a smaller scale, and I will keep my season tickets for the basketball games,” he says.

Father Curtis Clark, a graduate of Fairfax High School, takes over as director of CCM on Wednesday. Clark comes to George Mason from Saint Charles College in Philadelphia, and is “one of the finest priests I’ve ever met,” says Cilinski. “He has a great sense of humor and his specialty is human relationships.”

A farewell reception was held in Cilinski’s honor on Tuesday at Crossroads Restaurant in the Johnson Center. “I was very touched by all the faculty, staff, and students who came to say goodbye,” says Cilinski. “It was a beautiful, beautiful show of love.”

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