Born on July 23, 1870. He professed his vows on April 1, 1908. He was ordained on July 26, 1894. He came to the Passionists as a priest. He had studied at Oenbruck and had been a member of the Cincinnati diocese. He was 38 when he joined the Passionists. He was not considered a great preacher but did a credible job on his assignments.
Father Knipper was a character. He would often go into restaurants and after he placed his coat on the coat rack would take off his toupe and place it on top of his hat. Similarly, during the early nineteen teens Passionists were not permitted to attend sporting events. Still, whenever he could, Father Knipper would find a way to get to Boston and attend a Boston Braves game even when he was criticized by his religious superiors. He died in Tucson, Arizona from a tubercular throat.