Changes to archdiocesan Curia, offices

By Catholic New World
April 6, 2015

Archbishop Cupich announced Father Clete Kiley as moderator of the curia, effective June 1. Kiley will coordinate and supervise the various non-financial administrative offices of the Archdiocesan Curia (also called the Pastoral Center) for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The moderator of the curia is responsible for day-to-day archdiocesan operations and administration, ensuring that the goals of the archdiocese are met with respect to effective and efficient management of personnel, administrative priorities and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, in keeping with the overall mission of the Catholic Church.

The moderator of the curia works with archdiocesan staff to appropriately support the archbishop in his chief roles of teaching, sanctifying and governing the faithful, and to mutually foster responsive relationships with parishes, schools, social service agencies and ministry initiatives.

Kiley returns to the archdiocese after service in Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he served as director of the Secretariat for Priestly Life and Ministry and as a special assistant to the National Review Board and the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

He has more recently served as the president/CEO of The Faith and Politics Institute and currently serves as a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.

He serves also as director for immigration policy with UNITE HERE International Union and as a member of the steering committee for the U.S. bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Initiative, and as a representative to the AFL-CIO Immigration Committee. He is also a founder of the national Priest Labor Initiative.

Kiley has served the Archdiocese of Chicago previously as a pastor, in seminary formation, in archdiocesan administration and as a member of the College of Consultors.

  • Effective April 1, Kevin Marzalik, archdiocesan chancellor, accepted the new position of director of business transactions and affiliated services. Under the supervision of the chief financial officer, he is responsible for overseeing financial performance of archdiocesan affiliated entities and archdiocesan business transactions and contracts.
  • Marzalik previously served as the archdiocesan director of finances for five years prior to serving as chancellor and administrator for special transactions. He will work closely with the CFO and the finance team to identify and maintain good business practices and relationships to assist in attaining the goal of a balanced budget in fiscal 2016, and to maintain good fiscal management.
  • The core functions of the Office of Research and Planning will transition to a new Office of Strategic Planning and Implementation. This new office will also house Parish Transformation and the development of a new analytical service center to assist in the evaluation and effectiveness of departments, agencies, ministries and programs.
  • The creation of this new office will help the archdiocese serve parishes more effectively by formally linking the local-level revitalization efforts of Parish Transformation with overall archdiocesan strategic planning initiatives.
  • The new office is now led by Tim Weiske who has led the Parish Transformation Initiative with Father Ron Lewinski since August 2012.
  •  Archbishop Cupich has appointed Father Peter Snieg as rector of St. Joseph College Seminary, effective June 1. Prior to becoming the moderator of the curia, Snieg served as rector and vice-rector of the college seminary for five years. Archbishop Cupich also announced that Father Paul Stein, the current rector, as well as formation directors, Father Pawel Komperda and Father Steve Bauer, will be returning to parish ministry.


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