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Fr Ken P. Knippel

Program Coordinator for the Collaborative Parish Leadership Project


St Clare Center


(414) 410-4859


BH Bonaventure Hall 2074


Box 514


Fr. Ken Knippel is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for 43 years and now a Senior Priest. He is currently working as a Coordinator for the Collaborative Parish Leadership Project of the St. Clare Center here at Stritch. The project is a Lily Endowment funded national study of parish directors and their collaborating priests. He has served at 5 parishes, 3 as pastor, and also directed the Call to Ministry High School Seminary Program at St. Francis de Sales Seminary for 6 years. His last assignment was as pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield for 10 years. He received his B.A. in theology from St. Francis de Sales College Seminary in 1972 and his M.Div. from St. Francis Seminary School of Pastoral Ministry in 1976. He was also certified in Religious Studies 7-12 through Stritch in 1985 (expired). He currently serves as a Supervising Priest for the parish director at St. Catherine Parish and also a help out priest for St. James Menomonee Falls and St. Anthony on the Lake Pewaukee.

Why Stritch?

"The St. Clare Center is supporting and training teachers and leaders in the Church. It is a much needed ministry and I have been a teacher in the Sustaining the Mission Program for 8 years and am now delighted to be a part of the team working in this very important area of lay ministry especially as it relates to collaboration with ordained ministry. This program positions Stritch as a national leader in supporting dynamic leadership for the ever changing Catholic parish experience."

- Fr Ken P. Knippel