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Bishop John C. Nienstedt
Bishop John C. Nienstedt

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The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt

Third Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, MN

 

Born:
March 18, 1947 Detroit, Michigan; second child of John C. and Elizabeth S. (Kennedy) Nienstedt


Family:
Two brothers: Richard T. Nienstedt (married, three children), and Michael L. Nienstedt (married, one child).
Three sisters: Barbara Jean Buttell (married, two children), Mary Beth Nienstedt (single), and Corinne Mary Nienstedt (single).


Educational Degrees:
1969 Bachelor of Arts: Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
1972 Bachelor of Sacred Theology: Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
1977 Licentiate in Sacred Theology: Pontifical Institute of St. Alphonsus, Rome, Italy
1985 Doctorate in Sacred Theology: Pontifical Institute of St. Alphonsus, Rome, Italy
Doctoral Topic: "Human Life in a Test-tube: The Moral Dimension of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer"


Ministry:
April 29, 1972 Ordained a deacon at the North American College, Rome, Italy
Aug. 1973 - Aug. 1974 Deacon intern at Sacred Heart Parish, Dearborn, Michigan
July 27, 1974 Ordained a priest at Sacred Heart Church, Dearborn, Michigan
Aug. 1974 - Feb. 1976 Associate Pastor at Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, Michigan
1977 Weekend Associate Pastor at St. Fabian's Parish, Farmington Hills, Michigan
1977 - 1978 Part-time professor of Moral Theology at St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan
Feb. 1977 - July 1980 Priest-Secretary to Cardinal John Dearden, Archbishop of Detroit, Michigan
1978 - 1980 Weekend Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Sorrow's Parish, Farmington, Michigan
1979 - 1980 Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan
1980 - 1983 Assistant Chaplain to the Baby Jesus Hospital, Rome, Italy
1980 - 1983 Religious Instructor in First Eucharist Program at Marymont International School, Rome, Italy
Aug. 1980 - Aug. 1985 Minor Official of the Second Grade to the Vatican Secretariat of State, Rome, Italy
1981 - 1984 Chaplain to the Brothers of the Holy Cross assigned to Notre Dame High School for Boys, Rome, Italy
January 1986 - June 1986 Adjunct Professor of Moral Theology at the Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, Michigan, teaching a course on Human Sexuality
January 1986 - July 1986 Temporary Associate Pastor at St. Regis Parish, Birmingham, Michigan
July 1986 - June 1987 Pastor of St. Patrick's Parish, Union Lake, Michigan
July 1987 - July 1988 Designated Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
July 1988 - July 1994 Rector and President of Sacred Heart Major Seminary (both College and School of Theology), Detroit, Michigan
July 1988 - 2000 Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
1992 - 2001 Chaplain to the Detroit, Michigan Chapter of Legatus
July 1, 1994 - 1996 Pastor of the Shrine of the Little Flower Parish, Royal Oak, Michigan
Sept. 1995 - July 2001 Director of the Archdiocesan Medical-Moral Committee, Detroit, Michigan
June 12, 1996 Appointed Titular Bishop of Alton and Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Michigan
July 9, 1996 Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Michigan
August 8, 1996 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the South Region (88 parishes) of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan
June 12, 2001 Appointed Third Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota
August 6, 2001 Installed Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota


Honors:
June 4, 1985 Appointed a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II, bearing the title "Monsignor"
May 26, 1990 Appointed a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II
May 15, 1994 Invested as Knight of the Holy Sepulcher


Professional Associations:
1977 - 1980 Member of the Medical-Moral Committee of the Michigan Catholic Conference for Catholic Health Facilities, Detroit, Michigan
1986-1991 Wranglers (Ecumenical Dialogue), Detroit, Michigan

August 1987 -

July 2001

Member of the Archdiocesan Medical-Moral Committee, Detroit, Michigan
Sept. 1987 - July 1994 Midwest/Western Rectors' Conference
1988 - 1992 Participation in A.T.S. (Association of Theological Schools), International Meetings, 1988 (San Francisco, California); 1990 (Montreal, Canada); 1992 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
June 1988 - 1997 Membership in Catholic Theological Society of America
Annual participation in M.A.T.S. (Midwestern Association of Theological Schools)
Annual participation in Association of American Colleges, 1990 (San Francisco, California), Topic: "Undergraduate Majors and the Claims of Liberal Learning"
July 1988 Participant in Warren Deene Institute for Management (I.T.E.M.),
Harriman, New York
Jan. 1989 - June 1993 Trustee Committee on Academic Affairs, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
Jan. 1989 - July 1994 Board of Trustees, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
1989 -1994 Participation in N.C.E.A. (National Catholic Education Association) annual conventions, 1989 (Chicago, Illinois); 1990 (Toronto, Canada); 1991 (Boston, Massachusetts); 1992 (St. Louis, Missouri); 1994 (Anaheim, California)
February 9-10, 1989 Association of the Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Workshop for Theological School Trustees and Chief Executives, Cincinnati, Ohio
January 1-5, 1992 Participation in W.R.A.C.S./E.R.A.C.S. (Western/Eastern Regional Association of College Seminaries) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California
Sept. 1993 - July 1994 Trustee Committee on Student Life, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
January 6-9, 1994 Participation in N.A.C.S. (National Association of College Seminaries) Annual Meeting, Brighton, Maryland
February 20-24, 1995 Member of the Visitation Team to the Theological College of the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) sponsored by the Bishops' Committee of Priestly Formation of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
March 1996 Member of the Visitation Team to Mundelein Seminary (Chicago, Illinois) sponsored by the Bishops' Committee on Priestly Formation of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
June 2001 - Nov. 2002 Liaison for the National Advisory Committee for Catholic School Parental Rights Advocacy, USCCB
October 2001 - present Member of the Board of Trustees of The Saint Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
April 2002 Chairman on the Visitation Team to Immaculate Conception Seminary (Huntington, NY), sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Priestly Formation


NCCB/USCCB Committees:
1997 - 2001 North American College Board of Governors
1998 - 2001 Committee on Communications
1998 - present BCEIA/National Council of Synagogues Consultation
1999 - 2000 Nominations Committee for the NCCB
1999 - 2002 Committee on Science and Human Values
1999 - 2003 Committee on Education
2001 - 2002 USCCB Liaison to School Parents Advocacy Coalition
2001 - 2002 Bishops' Committee on Priestly Formation, Chair-elect
2001 - 2005 Chair, Draft Sub-committee of Bishops' Committee on Priestly Formation to write the 5th Edition of the Program of Priestly Formation
2002 - 2005 Bishops' Committee on Priestly Formation, Chairperson
2002 - present Ad Hoc Committee on Catholic Health Care Issues and the Church
2003 - 2005 USCCB Committee for African American Catholics
2005 - 2006

USCCB Conference of Diocesan Coordinators of Health Affairs, Episcopal Liaison

2005 - present

2005 - present

Committee to Plan for Special Assembly 2007

Committee on Science and Human Values

 

Presentations:

November 17, 1987 "The Churches' Response to AIDS" Temple Beth El, Birmingham, Michigan
February 21, 1989 "Toward a Liberation Theology for the First World: The Preaching of Richard Rohr", Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan
April 3, 1990 "Robert Bly on Maleness in the 90's", First Congregational Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 8, 1992 Commentary on M.C.C. (Michigan Catholic Conference) Document,
To Let Live, To Let Die., Address, to the Cardinal Club, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan
February 26, 1992 Hesburgh Lecture Series, Address to the Notre Dame Club: "Response to the Reverend Michael Himes", Birmingham, Michigan
October 29, 1992 "Durable Power of Attorney", Address to Legatus, Detroit, Michigan
March 6, 1997 "Contemporary Moral Challenges," Address to Guardian Angels Parish,
Clawson, Michigan
June 26, 1997 "Project Life: A Response to the Culture of Death", Address to the Detroit Chapter of Legatus, Orchard Lake, Michigan
September 28, 1997 "Preparing for the Jubilee 2000", presentation to Our Lady of Refuge Parish, Orchard Lake, Michigan
October 5, 1997 "Forming a Right Conscience," presentation to the Center for Faith and Action, U of D Jesuit High School, Detroit, Michigan
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 1997 "Retreat on Prayer," presented for the John Carroll Society, Washington, DC
October 28, 1998 "Teshuva and Repentance," presented to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and National Council of Synagogues, New York, New York
November 6, 1998 "Challenges for the Year 2000 AD", presented at Temple Shir Shalom,
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
June 1, 2001 "The Sacred Heart", Legatus, Detroit, Michigan
March 2002 "Is Conscience Enough", St. Paul Parish, Nicollet, Minnesota and St. Mary Parish, New Ulm, Minnesota
September 3, 2002 "The Distinct Yet Related Parts of Seminary Formation", St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pennsylvania


Conferences/Workshops Attended:
September 16, 1992 "How to be a Better Team Leader", Detroit, Michigan
May 17, 1993 "Strategic Planning: A Vision for the Future", Chicago, Illinois
March 8-19, 1998 "Jewish-Catholic Interfaith Journey to Israel and Rome", Jerusalem and Rome


Publications:
1994 "On the Wings of Healing Prayer: The Hospital Prayerbook", Heliographs, Ltd, co-authored with Rabbi Dannel Schwartz and Reverend Charles Richter
1999 "A Catholic Perspective on Forgiveness", Catholic Near East
(January-February 1999, pp. 27-29)
2001 "Re-examining the ERD's on Cooperation", Ethics and Medics, Volume 26, number 5 (May 2001, pp. 1-2)
2001 "Christ, the Divine Physician and Healer", Linacre Quarterly, Volume 68,
No. 4 (November 2001, pp. 358-360)

2002

 

2003

 

2003

 

2006

"The Distinct Yet Related Parts of Seminary Formation", Origins, Volume 32, Issue 20 (October 24, 2002, pp. 336-338)

"Bioethical Challenges for the Church", Origins, Volume 32, Issue 41 (March 7, 2003, pp. 676-682)

"Religious Bodies Challenge Minnesota Concealed Gun Law", Origins, Volume 33, Issue 7 (June 26, 2003, p. 103)

"Facing Down the New Paradign: The Family Planning Agenda of the United Nations' 'Millennial Goals',"Crisis, vol. 24, no. 3 (April 2006), 20-25




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