The Board of Trustees of the International Catholic Stewardship Council elected the Very Rev. Andrew Kemberling, V.F., at the meeting in Chicago on Friday, May 6, 2016. Father Andrew will replace Rick Jeric, Executive Director of the Diocese of Columbus Office of Development and Planning, who served as chairman for two terms (six years). Father Andrew is finishing his first term on the ICSC Board, and was set to serve a second term until 2020.
Father Andrew was born in Tucson, Arizona, and is one of 10 children. He attended the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education. He taught as a part-time Catholic School teacher for six years. In 1981 Father Andrew entered Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City and professed his solemn vows in the Benedictine Order in 1985. Father Andrew taught at the high school and the summer camp. He received a Master of Divinity degree at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and was ordained on June 11, 1988.
Father Andrew served as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Boulder, a parochial vicar in St. Joseph Parish in Grand Junction and an Administrator of St. Francis Xavier in Pueblo. He was a first-time pastor at Sacred Heart of Mary and developed stewardship as a way of life. His art background guided the beautiful campus renovation of the church and parish. Immediately prior to going to Saint Thomas More (STM), Father Andrew served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lakewood.
In June of 2000, the STM community welcomed Father Andrew as an Administrator. His switch from the Benedictine Order to be a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver happened in 2002, and he was named Pastor. Father Andrew went to STM with a reputation as an advocate for stewardship, a promoter of vocations, and advocate for beautiful church renovations. He restructured the parish’s organization chart which drives a top-down and bottom-up system. In his homilies he explained that stewardship is more than just the giving of money; stewardship is a way of life.
In addition to remodeling the campus and church of STM, Father Andrew brought St. Thomas More to the forefront in promoting stewardship as an international public speaker. With Mila Glodava, his director of Communications and Stewardship, Father Andrew wrote a book entitled “Making Stewardship a Way of Life: A Complete Guide for Catholic Parishes,” published by Our Sunday Visitor (2009). He has assisted with mentoring other pastors and many parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver and beyond. Father Andrew has made four mission trips to the Philippines working with bishops and priests. Under his leadership, St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial, Colorado, received the prestigious Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award in 2007.
He was named pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Denver, Colorado, June 18, 2014. He is currently on the Personnel Board as a dean of the Southeast Denver Deanery of the Archdiocese of Denver, a board member of the Colorado Family Action and Divine Mercy Hospice, and president of the Colorado Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museum.