Robert Erpenbeck

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NameRobert ErpenbeckJesuit
Date of Birth12/22/1911 
Date of Ordination1944 
Association with LUC1969-1971 
Position at LUCTheology faculty 
Date of incident, Location of Incident1961Milford Novitiate, OH
 1964Milford Retreat Center, OH
Number of victims/accusationsAt least 2 victims 
Case statusAccused 
Status of IndividualDeceased12/6/1986

Fr. Robert Erpenbeck was a Jesuit priest who had been ordained in 1944. Erpenbeck was later in his life accused of having abused several children in Milford, Ohio, where the Jesuits operated both a retreat center and a novitiate. The abuse allegedly took place in 1961 and 1964, years before the priest joined the ranks of Loyola University Chicago’s faculty at the Bellarmine School of Theology in 1969.[1] Nothing in Erpenbeck’s career indicates that the Jesuit order was aware of his abuse. He continued a steady career working at educational institutions until his death in 1986.[2]

[1] “Erpenbeck – BishopAccountability.Org,” accessed March 3, 2022,

[2] Jeff Anderson & Associates PA, “The Anderson Report – Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses in Illinois,” 72.