Fr. Robert M. Egan, CSV, was born Sept. 17, 1951 in Chicago. He grew up in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs and first met the Viatorians when he attended Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. Fr. Egan graduated in 1969 and within a year, he joined the Viatorian Community, professing his first vows in 1970.
Fr. Egan studied at Catholic University of America in Washington DC, before completing his undergraduate degree in political science and master’s degree in educational administration, both at Loyola University in Chicago.
He completed his seminary studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago before being ordained to the priesthood in 1978.
Over his 49 years as a Viatorian, Fr. Egan has served as an educator and parish priest, as well as a leader in the Viatorian Community. He began his ministry as a teacher at Saint Viator High School, before serving six years as a teacher and athletic director at Griffin High School in Springfield, IL, until 1984. He then was called back to the Viatorian Province Center, to serve as Assistant Provincial from 1984 to 1992, and as a Provincial from 1992-2001.
In 2002, Fr. Egan was named pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, where he served for the next three years, but in 2005 he was called back to Saint Viator High School to serve as its president. After eight years, Fr. Egan was called West, to serve at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in Henderson, Nevada, first as associate pastor and then pastor.
After four years, Fr. Egan once again was elected by his confreres to a leadership position, being named Provincial for a second time, in 2017. However, the very next year, the worldwide congregation elected him Superior General.