Father Robert S. Gerlich has taught European History at Loyola University New Orleans since 1989, becoming a full professor in 2003. Prior to Loyola, he was a member of the editorial and research staff of the Encyclopedia of Jesuit History project of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome, Italy.
A native of Houston, Texas, he entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1967, at the age of 18. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master’s in European History from Saint Louis University. He also earned a Bakkalaureat in Catholic Theology from Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Saint Louis University (1987).
He was ordained a priest on November 1, 1980 in Praha, Texas.
At Loyola, Fr. Gerlich has been very active in the institutional life of the university. He is a member and second vice-president of the Loyola Corporation and serves on numerous committees, including the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees. He has served as rector of the Jesuit community at Loyola and now serves as house consultor.
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