About Rob

Robert Lawrie is a writer, educator and advocate for survivors of poverty and abuse.

He is currently an educator in Broward County, Florida. Born in the South American country of Guyana, Rob’s parents were divorced when he was age three. He migrated to the U.S. at 14 and went from being homeless at age 15, to being a victim of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church scandal that was revealed in the 1990s and continues through today.

Despite many personal challenges, Rob’s commitment to education and his faith have never wavered. In addition to teaching in a public school, he is a third year PhD student, and now writer.

Cloaked in Faith is his first book. It is his hope that this unique story will inspire others to overcome adversity, and to continue to strive for the American Dream.

Rob is available to speak at churches, in schools, and at retreats and conferences across the U.S. and internationally on topics such as overcoming abuse, tackling poverty, suicide prevention and incorporating regular volunteerism as an act of self-care.


I Am, We Are a Part of the Whole.

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.” Martin Niemoller. As an American, and I am a proud one, we have a moral...

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Money Doesn’t Solve Eveything

Good money after bad? Is that what the Catholic Church is doing in settling sex abuse claims without a plan to prevent their reoccurrence? Are those billions of settlement dollars money well spent? Why have priests continued to be able to commit those heinous acts? As...

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One for all and all for one…

When all 31 active bishops from Chile agreed to resign together over the cover-up of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, the loyalty of each other to the group is clear, but should it be applauded?

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