Robert Dwayne Gruss

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Most Reverend
Robert Dwayne Gruss
Bishop of Rapid City
Bishop Gruss at Ellsworth.jpg
Gruss at Ellsworth Air Force Base in 2012
Church Catholic Church
Diocese Rapid City
Appointed May 26, 2011
Installed July 28, 2011
Predecessor Blase J. Cupich
Ordination July 2, 1994
by William Edwin Franklin
Consecration July 28, 2011
by John Clayton Nienstedt, Martin John Amos, Samuel J. Aquila
Personal details
Born (1955-06-25) June 25, 1955 (age 62)
Texarkana, Arkansas
Previous post Vice-Rector, Pontifical North American College (2007–2010)
Motto No Greater Love
Styles of
Robert Dwayne Gruss
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Robert Dwayne Gruss (born June 25, 1955) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He has served as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City in South Dakota since 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Robert Gruss was born in Texarkana, Arkansas.[1] He has an associate degree from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. He earned his commercial pilot's license from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked as a charter pilot, flight instructor and corporate pilot.

Gruss began his studies for the priesthood at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa where he earned a bachelor's degree in theology in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1993 and Master in Spiritual Theology in 1994 from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy.[2] He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Davenport by Bishop William Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral on July 2, 1994.[1][3]


After ordination Father Gruss served as parochial vicar of St. Paul the Apostle parish in Davenport from 1994–1997. He served in the same role for three parshes in central Iowa from 1997–1998; they include St. Anthony Parish in Knoxville, Iowa, Sacred Heart Parish in Melcher, Iowa and St. Mary Parish in Pella, Iowa. He then served as the pastor in Pella from 1999–2004. He was the diocesan vocations director from 2004–2007 and diocesan chancellor from 2005–2007. Pope Benedict XVI named him a Chaplain of His Holiness, with the title Monsignor, in August 2007.[4] Msgr. Gruss served as the vice-rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 2007–2010. From 2010–2011 he served as pastor and rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

Bishop of Rapid City[edit]

Msgr. Gruss was named the bishop of Rapid City by Pope Benedict on May 26, 2011.[2] His episcopal ordination took place on July 28, 2011 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota.[5] Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis was the ordaining bishop, and Bishops Martin Amos of Davenport and Samuel Aquila of Fargo were the co-consecrators.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bishop Robert Dwayne Gruss". Retrieved May 27, 2011. [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b "Pope Names Bishop for Rapid City, South Dakota; Auxiliary Bishop for Milwaukee". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Diocese of Rapid City". Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Arland-Fye, Barb. "Davenport priest named bishop". The Catholic Messenger. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ Garrigan, Mary. "Rapid City Catholics prepare for ordination of new bishop". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Robert Gruss at Wikimedia Commons

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Blase J. Cupich
Bishop of Rapid City
Succeeded by