Fr. Paul Kammen will take the helm of St. Joseph Church July 1, parishioners learned over the weekend. The announcement was made at weekend masses and at a fundraising concert on Saturday.
It was also announced current pastor Fr. Paul Jarvis will move on to Christ the King in Minneapolis. Jarvis said he felt it was important to let parishioners and community leaders know about the Archbishop’s decision as soon as possible.
In February, Jarvis announced he would step down as the head of St. Joseph. After surviving an aortic dissection two years ago, Jarvis made the decision to step down in the interest of his health.
Currently, Kammen is the pastor at Church of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Delano. He took the assignment in 2011 and while there oversaw the merger of the Saint Joseph’s and Saint Peter’s parishes.
In his statement to St. Joe’s parishioners, Kammen said he’s excited to join the St. Joseph family.
“First and foremost, the word is out on the street about Saint Joe’s as an amazing place that any priest would be fortunate to be part of. The website says it all; photos of many people involved in the parish, each of whom “are Saint Joe’s” in their discernment of their God-given giftedness, and in their sharing of such giftedness with one another in the growing, vibrant parish family as well as in the wider community. I could not be happier with my new assignment,” stated Kammen.
Kammen also explained that the priest assignment process is “a bit enigmatic.” He said normally a priest expresses interest in an open listed parish. A board of advisors then makes a recommendation to Archbishop John Nienstedt, who ultimately makes the decision.
After being approached about the open listing at St. Joseph, Kammen had lunch with Jarvis and toured the church campus.
“After the visit, I informed the priest on the board that, ‘Yes! I indeed feel this would be a great fit, and please do consider me for St. Joe’s,’” said Kammen.
According to his bio, Kammen is 37 years old. He was ordained in 2007 and has worked at Holy Name of Jesus parish in Medina and Saint Hubert’s in Chanhassen. The Independent Town Pages will do a more complete profile on Kammen closer to his start date.