Fr. Robert Kisala was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 12, 1957 to the late Mr. John Kisala and Mary Conroy. He has two brothers John and Thomas, of whom the latter has gone to his eternal rest.
After his primary education in St. Francis Elementary School in Chicago, Robert joined the Divine Word Seminary in East Troy in 1971. He entered the novitiate at Bay St. Louis in 1980 and made his first vows in 1981. He made his final vows in 1984. He did his philosophical studies in Epworth and theology in Chicago. He was ordained priest on March 16, 1985.
Assigned to the Japanese Province after his ordination, Fr. Kisala studied Japanese for two years before being assigned Associate Pastor at Kichijoji Church, Tokyo. Then he took up studies in Sociology of Religion at the University of Tokyo (1988-1994).
In 1994, he studied German for six months at Munich. From 1995, he was teacher at Nanzan University (Institute for Religion and Culture) and from 1999 he was formation director at Divine Word Seminary, Nagoya.
In 1999, he was elected Vice-Provincial Superior of Japan. In 2004, he was elected Provincial Superior. In the 2006 General Chapter, he was elected to the General Council and nominated Admonitor General.
The 17th General Chapter elected him the Vice-Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word.
— Text from Sebastian Mattappallil SVD (Nemi, July 4, 2012)