Father Richard Gielow, Congregation of the Mission (C.M.) was born in LaSalle, Illinois in 1943 to Virginia and Robert Gielow. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission of Saint Vincent DePaul in 1970. From 1971 to 1976 Fr. Gielow served as Director of Vocations for the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers. In 1976, he was appointed Rector and Principal of St. John’s High School Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri and held that position for six years. In 1982 Fr. Dick was then asked to join the Vincentian Parish Mission Team and has been a member of that team until the present time.
Father Gielow holds a B.A. in Philosophy, a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) in Theology from DeAndreis Institute of Theology and a Masters of Arts in Religious Education from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is listed in the Midwest and Religious sections of Who’s Who in America as a “well known preacher and retreat director”.
Currently, Father Gielow is the Director of the Vincentian Parish Mission Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the National Spiritual advisor to the Ladies of Charity of United States of America.
Fr. Robert Gielow, C.M., his twin brother, is also a Vincentian and a member of the Mission Team. Sometimes, they conduct missions together. Fr. Gielow’s sister, Mary Ann Gielow, is the Director of Development for St. Cyril of Alexandria Parish in Tucson, Arizona.