Bob Fritts has always been a servant. It’s just the path his life has taken him. Whether as a Boy Scout volunteer, president of his local homeowner association or as a 30-year employee of the federal government. Fritts, who was born in Baxley and raised in Savannah, knew he wanted to serve others as best he could. Soon he will do so as a deacon at his parish, Blessed Sacrament Church, Savannah, and having had studied, prayed, worked for and accomplished that goal, he is ready to move on to the next chapter of his service life. “It was really a call to service,” said Fritts, the son of a former professional football player and college and high school head coach George Fritts. “My entire life has been about serving others. I believe the Lord shaped me to become one of his ministers of service.” The call to serve is in Fritts’ blood. As the son of a successful and in-demand football coach, he and his family had to move a few times during his father’s coaching career. Living in places like Clemson, South Carolina; Columbus, Georgia; and Baxley, Georgia, Fritts made the most of the opportunities to make new friends and serve others, and not just familiar faces.
That ability to adapt helped him during the permanent diaconate process. “This has been a great journey, I have met some wonderful people along the way and have learned a couple of things,” said Fritts. “Our group, the 12 guys, are just wonderful.” The amount of studying it takes to move from student to deacon was something that even Fritts had to acknowledge was no easy task. Reminiscing on the times while a college student, he had to learn a computer program, Fritts thought he had already encountered tough times by way of the textbook. The years of study, the time spent writing papers, tested his mettle. “This has really been an opportunity to learn, it’s been very humbling,” said Fritts. “[The course work] includes an incredible amount of analysis, complex thought, and history of the church. “It was almost like when I thought I had a grasp on things, I’d turn the page, and it just kept growing.” The service Fritts will continue to contribute to his parish and its many parishioners will, as has his knowledge of the church and Diaconate, continue to grow as well.