Fr. Robert Grimaldi, SJ died peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. Bob was born May 17, 1937 in San Jose, California, entered the Society of Jesus at Sacred Heart Novitiate on August 14, 1955 and was ordained June 1, 1968 at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. He pronounced his final vows on June 19, 1982 at Capilla de la Fragua in El Progreso, Honduras.
Bob dedicated much of his life as a missionary priest first in Jalapa, Mexico from 1975-77 and then in rural Honduras for 43 years. He served in three large parishes in El Progresso (1977-88), Olanchito (1989-2000) in Yoro State, and Tocoa, in the adjoining state of Colón (2000-20). In addition to his sacramental ministry, he served these villages in a myriad of ways, training lay ministers in faith formation, recruiting school teachers, leading retreats, and helping rebuild communities impacted by hurricanes. Bob was 83 years old and a Jesuit for 65 years.
The funeral Mass will be on Monday, May 17 at 11:15 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be private. To view Fr. Grimaldi’s livestreamed funeral Mass, click here.