Fr. Menke named executive director of Divine Worship Secretariat
WASHINGTON (USCCB) — Father Andrew Menke has been appointed executive director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Father Menke, 43, is a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, and has served as associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship since May 2015. He succeeds Father Michael Flynn, a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, who has served as executive director since June 2013.
“Father Menke offers impressive experience that will be of great benefit to the bishops’ conference and parishes across the nation. He brings the same combination of professional expertise, pastoral understanding and personal style that has characterized the great work of Father Flynn,” said Msgr. Brian Bransfield, USCCB general secretary, who made the appointment.
Father Menke holds a masters of divinity from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained a priest in 1999.
After ordination, Father Menke served in various pastoral assignments in his diocese for 11 years, including five years as the diocesan master of ceremonies. During this time, he also completed a masters degree in education administration at the University of Nebraska. In 2010, he was invited for service to the Holy See as an official at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The office assists the pope in regulating and promoting the liturgy of the Catholic Church, especially the sacraments. During that time, Father Menke earned a licentiate in Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy. After serving in Rome for nearly five years, he returned to the United States to take up his current position at the bishops’ conference.
The Divine Worship Secretariat oversees liturgical celebrations of the bishops at national meetings, the preparation and publication of liturgical books used in parishes across the country, leadership in liturgical formation and sacramental catechesis, and serves as a resource for bishops and diocesan liturgical commissions and offices of worship seeking advice.