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Father Andrew Kemberling is an American Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Denver and the pastor of the Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial, Colorado.[1] He is also involved in right-wing politics at the state level.

Born in Tucson, Arizona he was ordained in the Benedictine Order in 1988. His assignments have included Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Boulder, Colorado, Holy Cross Abbey in Ca?on City, Colorado and Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Colorado. He began his present pastoral assignment in 2000.[2]

In a New York Times article about the Catholic Church's opposition to Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Father Kemberling said, "We are not telling them how to vote. We are telling them how to take Communion in good conscience."[3]

On 14 April 2012, Father Andrew gave an invocation at Colorado Republican State Assembly in which he pointed out that at the core of American politics was a Biblical understanding of marriage. He further explained that political divisions in the United States were not between Republicans and Democrats but between Democracy and Socialism. He theorized that Catholics had a special pass to discuss Socialism as Catholics have been killed by Socialists over the past two centuries.[4]

Father Andrew is also known to Catholics practicing stewardship as a way of life. He has given seminars and workshops on stewardship not only locally, but also nationally and internationally.[5][6][7] Along with Mila Glodava, a native Filipino and St. Thomas More's director of communications and stewardship, Father Andrew has been instrumental in promoting stewardship as a way of life in the Filipino Church since 2003.[8] Father Andrew and Glodava co-wrote a book, Making Stewardship a Way of Life: A Complete Guide for Catholic Parishes.

Under his leadership, St. Thomas More Parish is recognized by practitioners as a model of parish stewardship. The parish has received numerous awards, including the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award (2007) from the International Catholic Stewardship Council, for outstanding work in promoting stewardship as a way of life.

Published works

  • A Descriptive Survey of Art Education in Tucson's Catholic Schools, by Jess Andrew Kemberling, University of Arizona, 1981
  • Making Stewardship a Way of Life: A Complete Guide for Catholic Parishes, by Andrew Kemberling and Mila Glodava, Our Sunday Visitor, 2009, ISBN 1592765777, 9781592765775

References

  1. ^ Saint Thomas More Catholic Church Web Site accessed on 9 June 2012
  2. ^ Saint Thomas More Catholic Church Web Site accessed on 9 June 2012
  3. ^ Group of Bishops Using Influence to Oppose Kerry, by David D Kirkpatick and Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, 9 October 2004
  4. ^ The Politicization Of Catholicism, Ctd, by Andrew Sullivan, The Dish, Daily Beast 8 June 2012
  5. ^ http://www.lcfcdenver.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=56&lang=en
  6. ^ http://sociopastoral.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/interfaith-conference-february-2009/
  7. ^ http://astewardreflects.blogspot.com/2011/11/truly-international-catholic.html
  8. ^ http://www.sociopastoral.org/

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Kemberling



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