Rev. Msgr. Robert McClory
Monsignor Robert J. McClory is the Pastor and Rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan. Previously, Monsignor McClory served as the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In that capacity, he was the “Chief of Staff” for Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in coordinating the central offices of the Archdiocese. He also served as the pastor of Presentation Our Lady of Victory Parish in Detroit.
He currently serves on the Archdiocese of Detroit Episcopal Council, College of Consultors, Priest Assignment Board, and New Evangelization Council. He is a leadership consultant with the Catholic Leadership Institute, offering leadership training to priests, deacons, seminarians, parish and diocesan leaders. He serves as the spiritual advisor to Detroit Team Eight for Teams of Our Lady, a marriage enrichment apostolate. He is a part-time faculty member at Sacred Heart Major Seminary graduate school of theology in Detroit, where he has taught Introduction to Canon Law, Sacramental and Ecumenical Law, and the Theology and Law of Marriage.
Prior to becoming Moderator of the Curia, Monsignor McClory served as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida, and as an associate pastor at St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township and St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Shelby Township. He has been a weekend associate at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Waterford, St. Blase Parish, Sterling Heights, and St. Andrew Parish, Rochester.
Monsignor McClory studied philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. He was then sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 1998 from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Monsignor McClory completed his license in canon law at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2000. His thesis was entitled: "The Implementation of Ex corde Ecclesiae in the United States."
Msgr. McClory was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Edmund Szoka in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on October 8, 1998. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Adam Maida at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit, on May 22, 1999. He was given the title of “Monsignor” and made a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI on May 20, 2005.
Prior to entering the seminary, Monsignor McClory earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and communications from Oakland University, a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Columbia University, and a law degree from The University of Michigan.
He has served on the Boards of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Saint Catherine of Siena Academy, and Loyola High School, Detroit. He has been the spiritual advisor for the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit and the chaplain to the Detroit Northeast Chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders and their spouses. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, and served as a member of the Committee on Civil and Canon Law. He is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a third degree Knight of Columbus.