In Loving Memory of Father Edward Mathias ("Matt") Robinson, O.P.
Fr._Robinson.jpg Father Edward Mathias ("Matt") Robinson, O.P., passed away peacefully Thursday evening, March 29, 2012 at 9:25pm CDT in Irving.  He was born on May 13, 1914, joined the St. Joseph Province of the Dominican Order in 1935, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1941.  

Father Robinson dedicated a lengthy period of his life in the Diocese of Dallas and served well, upholding Sacred Doctrine and possessing an immense love for the people, for his brother and sister Dominicans, for his beloved Diocese, for the Sacraments, and for God Who Is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He loved the Holy Scriptures and faithfully proclaimed God's Holy Word with his words and actions.  He was a model religious and priest.

For over 20 years, Fr. Robinson served as a teacher at Bishop Lynch High School and later Cistercian Preparatory.  He also served as a spiritual director to many of the University of Dallas staff and students.  Fr. Robinson's final and most passionate ministry was as a Pro-Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Dallas which he served in for 38 years.

A learned teacher, preacher, and confessor, Fr. Robinson, known as "the Patriarch of the Pro-Life Movement in Dallas," has been a steadfast voice and presence on behalf of the sacredness of life for four decades.  His preaching called all of us to promote life and to trust in an infinitely loving and merciful God.  He helped shepherd the conversion of Norma McCorvey, "Roe" of the historic case Roe v. Wade, which ushered in legalized abortion and the deaths of tens of millions of innocent unborn babies in this countryHe also published Fetal Life and Abortion in 1975 and maintained an excellent web site for the pro-life movement at unbornperson.orgHe is fittingly the namesake of the Pro-Life Person of the Year Award given annually at the Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner since its inception in 1994.

Services for Fr. Robinson were held at the Church of the Incarnation, University of Dallas in Irving, as follows:

  • Sunday, April 1 – Viewing and Wake from 2 - 5 p.m., followed by the Office for the Dead at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 2 – 10 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial, preceded by visitation at 9 a.m. and followed by burial at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.  Father Robinson was laid to rest just a few feet away from the Memorial to the Unborn, the grave of more than 1,000 aborted babies, where he faithfully participated in the annual "Cemetery of the Innocents" Memorial Service each year since the grave site was established in 1984.

We are all so very grateful for this dear man, Dominican religious, priest and "pro-life saint."  Let us give thanks for Fr. Robinson's exemplary life as we pray for the repose of his soul.    

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

Those wishing to write tributes in honor of Fr. Robinson may do so here.

Donations may be made in Fr. Robinson's memory to the Southern Dominican Province, 1421 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 200, Metairie, LA 70001-4144, or in honor of his service to the pro-life cause to the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas by clicking here.