Robert Grudzinski, a long-time parishioner of St. Teresa Parish in Titusville, died on Oct. 10, 2016, days before he was to receive the Saint Vincent de Paul Award from the Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. The award is given annually to a person who has greatly assisted the seminary in its mission. As a committed and enthusiastic volunteer, Grudzinski worked with the Diocese of Orlando vocations office for many years. In 2004 he chaired the vocations committee at the first general synod in the Diocese of Orlando, researching best practices of promoting vocations around the country, setting benchmarks to evaluate progress and setting inspiring goals to increase dramatically the number of young people who seriously consider a religious vocation. Over the years Grudzinski was instrumental in helping to establish 60 parish vocations committees in the Diocese of Orlando.
In addition to his work with the vocations office, he served his parish community in various ministries and assisted the sick in many pilgrimages to Lourdes as a lifelong member of the Service of St. Joseph. He is survived by two children, four grandchildren, and a loving family who will carry forward his legacy of faith. His children, Susan and Phillip, accepted the Saint Vincent de Paul Award from Archbishop Thomas Wenski on behalf of their father at his funeral Mass, Oct. 15.