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Family of Holy Cross | Marianites of Holy Cross
Fr. Robert Epping, CSC, Superior General, Priests and Brothers of Holy Cross
Rev. Robert Epping, C. S. C., Superior General
Holy Cross Parish - South Bend, Indiana > Committees > Holy Cross School Board
Fr. Robert Epping, C.S.C., Pastor
Congregation of Holy Cross
Fr. Robert Epping, C.S.C., elected Superior General.
Superior General and Council // Congregation of Holy Cross
Fr. Robert L. Epping, C.S.C.
Superior General Fr Robert Epping, CSC Father Robert Epping was born on August 13, 1944, in Burlington, Wisconsin, in the United States. As a seminarian with Holy Cross, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. After studying theology for two years at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he returned to Notre Dame and graduated with his Master of Theology in 1970. He took Final Vows on May 18, 1970, and then was ordained a priest on December 19 of that same year. After Ordination, Fr. Epping served for two years at St. Bernard's Parish, in Watertown, Wisconsin. In 1973, he began studies at the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he earned the S.T.L. In 1975, he returned to St. Bernard's Parish where he served for three years as Associate Pastor and then as Pastor from 1978-1985. Fr. Epping was appointed Pastor of Christ the King Parish in South Bend, Indiana, in 1985 and served there until his appointed as Assistant Provincial for the Indiana Province in 1994. After serving in Provincial Administration for nine years and a sabbatical year, Fr. Epping was named Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the General Chapter of 2010, he was appointed to General Council by Fr. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C. As the Sixth General Assistant, Fr. Epping participated in the Planning Task Force that studied the Congregation's structures and consulted with the membership in order to prepare the way for the structural and financial reforms of the 2016 General Chapter. While on the General Council in Fr. Warner's Administration, Fr. Epping continued to serve in parochial ministry, to which he has dedicated most of his priesthood in Holy Cross. After his nine-year term as Pastor concluded at Sacred Heart Parish in 2013, he was assigned in to Holy Cross and St. Stanislaus Parish in South Bend, Indiana. Fr. Epping was still serving there as Pastor when the 2016 General Chapter elected him the Congregation's 13th Superior General. He is a member of the United States Province (Notre Dame, Indiana). Br. James was working as the Director of the Scholasticate of the St. Joseph Province when Fr. Epping appointed him as the Third General Assistant. In this new leadership role, Br. James has left his work in Bangladesh and resides in the Holy Cross Generalate in Rome where he works fulltime as a member of the General Administration. Having been appointed a part-time General Assistant by Fr. Epping, he will continue his work in Ghana. Having been appointed a part-time General Assistant by Fr. Epping, he will continue his work at the Oratory while serving on the General Council.
This plan will be designed and overseen by the General Administration, led by the newly elected Superior General, Fr. Robert L. Epping, C.S.C.
"No restructuring will be effective, if we put new wine into old skins-that is, if it is not accompanied by an in-depth renewal, a tenderness of heart for the zeal that inspired us to accept the call originally," said Fr. Epping in his homily to close the 2016 General Chapter. While the 2016 General Chapter has concluded, its work is just beginning, not only for Fr. Epping and the new General Administration, but also for all the members of the Congregation. There is much to be done, but just as the Congregation's founder, Blessed Moreau, took solace in the conviction that Holy Cross was "God's work," Fr. Epping continues to trust in the work of Divine Providence. "As we look to the future we have to be friends who plead to God for mercy on our Congregation as Abraham made his plea, relentless and persistent, in begging mercy. Our experience tells us God is generous and leads us when we yield to his generous help. For we believe he will give our Congregation, Moreau's sons, only good gifts and in particular, his Holy Spirit, simply because we ask sincerely and with trust," said Fr. Epping.