USF names Father David Meinzen full-time campus chaplain

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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF names Father David Meinzen full-time campus chaplain

(May 13, 2013) – Father David Meinzen, M.Div., has been named full-time campus chaplain at the University of Saint Francis (USF). Father Meinzen served USF as part-time interim campus chaplain since fall 2012, and as an adjunct professor of philosophy from 2008-2009.



After nine years of parish experience as an Eastern Orthodox priest (from 2000-2009), he entered communion with Rome in 2010, under the bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Chicago. As a priest of the Catholic Church, Father Meinzen has received the authority from his own bishop, as well as Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, to serve in Fort Wayne in both the Roman and the Byzantine rites.

He brings with him the further experiences of two years active mobilization as a U.S. Army chaplain, ongoing Indiana Army National Guard chaplain work, part time Veteran’s Administration chaplaincy experience and intensive clinical chaplaincy training at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He will begin full-time university chaplain work on July 29. His office will be in the university’s Campus Ministry Center.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and psychology at Concordia College in River Forest, Ill., in 1989, and a Master of Divinity in pastoral care and Biblical studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in 1996. He completed Master of Theology coursework at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y. in 1998, and an associate degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at USF in 2009.

“We are pleased to welcome Father David Meinzen as full-time University of Saint Francis chaplain,” said university President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “His devotion to our faith and the university as interim chaplain has demonstrated his commitment to our mission and continued fitness for this position.”

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  1. How does a man dismissed from the Lutheran Church, forced out of the Orthodox Church (unfrocked?) for his abuses, etc. become a FT chaplin and priest in the Catholic Church?


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