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19+ years of published Op/Ed columns, professional photography, my first book and more!

Father Steve Madden leaving Saint Mary’s Foxboro in 2015

Rev. Stephen J. Madden, pastor of St. Mary's Church in Foxboro.   (Photo by Christine Igo Freeman, Foxboro Reporter)

Rev. Stephen J. Madden, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Foxboro.  (Photo by Christine Igo Freeman, Foxboro Reporter)

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and the Boston City Paper 1/2015

And also sent, along with a personal letter, to His Eminence Seán Patrick O’Malley OFM


“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words” – Father Steve Madden, quoting Saint Francis of Assisi.

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckhart

Today I need to use words to convey my feelings because I know of no action that can get my message across in a better way — my heart is broken, and I am not alone.

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Train line extension, Olympics… What’s happening in Foxboro?

Foxboro Commuter Rail Station, January 2014. Photo by Robert Gillis

Foxboro Commuter Rail Station, January 2014. Photo by Robert Gillis

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 1/2015

Before I begin this OP/ED, I think it appropriate to make the following statements: number one, I am NOT implying or accusing anyone of any wrongdoing. Number two, I have every respect for the Kraft organization, and believe that our number one tax payer is an enormous benefit to the town of Foxboro. Number three, I am NOT implying or saying that our selectmen have done anything wrong.

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A little Christmas miracle as the Foxboro Jaycees decorate Foxboro Common

Let there be light -- Jaycee David Fisler, left reacts as the power is restored to the common at the exact moment Paul Lanza places the angel on the Foxboro Common bandstand.  Photo by Robert Gillis

Let there be light — Jaycee David Fisler, left reacts as the power is restored to the common at the exact moment Paul Lanza places the angel on the Foxboro Common bandstand. Photo by Robert Gillis

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/2014

This story begins with a very nice affirmation. Christmas miracles – they still happen.

And it should be noted before I go further I swear this is true; and there are witness and photographs!

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We All Want To Be Remembered

This card is sent to all BC High alumni each October to list the names of our beloved deceased and returned to the Loyola Chapel and the names are remembered at each mass in November

This card is sent to all BC High alumni each October to list the names of our beloved deceased and returned to the Loyola Chapel and the names are remembered at each mass in November

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper, 11/2014

The month of November means many things: the beginning of the Christmas season (at precisely one second past Halloween), elections every two years, Thanksgiving, and Veterans Day, just to name a few.

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This is not the Foxboro I remember — that’s a good thing (progress takes time!)

Foxboro Town Hall (2014)

Foxboro Town Hall (2014)

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 10/2014

This is not the Foxboro I remember.

Good golly Miss Molly how many times have we heard/read that?

It seems like every week there’s a battle brewing about this or that change to the town, and the latest debate/discussion/battle is town hall. But like most hot-button issues, our town hall issue will be settled at some point in the future, and we will move onto something else.

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September 11, 2014: Happy Birthday to the Gifts of Hope Born 9-11-2001

The Freedom Tower - the New World Trade Center, opening in 2014, photo by Theresa McNelley

The Freedom Tower – the New World Trade Center, opening in 2014, photo by Theresa McNelley

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper, 9/2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014:  According to various web sites, somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 kids across America celebrate their 13th birthday today. I would venture to guess that for most, they’re in the 6th-8th grade, they’re finding their way, and their parents are beginning to wonder when their sweet child was replaced with this independent teen-ager with thoughts and ideas of their own.

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Robin Williams, 1951-2014

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Image Credit: RobinWilliams.com

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 8/2014

In September 1978, at one of the most depressing and lonely times in my life, a new actor burst onto the scene in a hilarious show called “Mork and Mindy.”

Robin Williams weekly comedic insanity was a gift to a very sad and lonely boy — he helped me find my joy again. Every Thursday night, I knew I’d be laughing.

Back in those pre-VCR, pre-DVR days, I used my cassette recorder and audio-taped episodes of Mork & Mindy every week.

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Because you demanded it: Another Slow News Day (Summer 2014)

SlowNewsDayFullby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper 7/2014

Because you demanded it! In response to your literally thousands of cards and letters, and because jocularity is always a good thing, it’s time again for Slow News Day, Random Thoughts, Summer Edition!

We begin with a summer tradition we can all do without: Back to School sales. The first “Back to School” sale was announced right after July 4.

Seriously.

I believe I speak on behalf of EVERYONE reading this when I say, “Dear retailers, STOP THAT.

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Cherishing the people around us – NOW

Lilacsby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper 7/2014

A fair warning friends, this one isn’t summer fluff.

Every now and then, I look up a name from the past – sometimes it’s to see how someone is doing – perhaps connect with them on Facebook – or just see who’s working where, who’s living there, who got married, or find out “the rest of the story” of people from my past.

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Free event at La Salette July 14-17 2014 / “Jesus: Who? When? Where?”

Free event — The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attelboro invites you to be part of a unique “revival” in July. Not a mass, not a ceremony, but a joyous revival celebration. We celebrate Jesus at Christmas and Easter, but you’re invited to make Him a part of your SUMMER celebration as well! To be held over four evenings in July (July 14,15,16,17), from 7:15pm-8:30pm, at the beautiful outdoor chapel/pavilion. Guest speakers and singers will share, though words, songs, and testimony, the remarkable grace and love of Jesus in their lives.

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