Father Robert E. (Bob) Knippenberg is pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton, Texas since June 19, 2013. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Victoria in Texas on June 10, 2000 by the Most Rev. David E. Fellhauer. Fr. Knippenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts Philosophy from Don Bosco College in Newton, New Jersey, a Master of Arts Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and a Master of Divinity from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He has also completed the course of study at the Institute in Matrimonial Tribunal Practice at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Upon ordination to the priesthood, Father Knippenberg was assigned as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church and St. Mary?s Church in Hallettsville, Texas, Ascension of Our Lord Church in Moravia, Texas and St. John the Baptist Church in St. John, Texas and taught high school theology and Spanish at Sacred Heart School in Hallettsville. On July 3, 2002, Father Knippenberg was assigned as pastor of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church in Shiner, Texas where he also taught high school theology at St. Paul High School. On June 22, 2011, Father Knippenberg was assigned as pastor of Holy Family of Joseph, Mary & Jesus Church in Victoria, Texas.
Father Knippenberg is the State Spiritual Director of the Catholic Union of Texas, the KJT and is Defender of the Bond on the marriage tribunal of the Diocese of Victoria in Texas. He is also a member of the diocesan Catholic School Advisory Council. Father Knippenberg has conducted retreats for a variety of different groups including Catholic school faculties, deacons of the Diocese of Victoria, ACTS retreat teams, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Southside Consortium of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and the Diocese of Victoria chancery staff. He has presented parish missions at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Victoria, Holy Cross Church in Yorktown, Our Lady of Victory Cathedral in Victoria, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in San Antonio and has been a speaker at the Diocese of Victoria Catechetical Conference. He has conducted theological presentations for the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters vocation symposium and the diocesan permanent deacon continuing education program.