- August 12, 2008
- Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Names Jennifer Haselberger as Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
Jennifer M. Haselberger, bishop’s delegate for canonical affairs of the Diocese of Fargo, will join the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as chancellor for canonical affairs on August 18th. She succeeds Sister Dominica Brennan, OP, who is leaving the Archdiocese after 16 years of service, to assume a new position as Director of Mission Integration for her order, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.
Haselberger, who holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of London and a licentiate in canon law from Catholic University Leuven in Belgium, has served the diocese of Fargo as bishop’s delegate for canonical affairs since December of 2007, though she has done canonical law work for that diocese since 2006. Before joining the Fargo diocese, she was chancellor and director of the tribunal for the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota where she also served as Director of Safe Environment.
Archbishop Nienstedt praised Sister Brennan for her wise counsel, knowledge of canon law, and many organizational contributions over the years. “Her fidelity to church law and her important service to three different Archbishops will not soon be forgotten,” he said. At the same time, Nienstedt welcomed Haselberger, calling her “studious, thoughtful, and extremely well prepared” to assume her new duties at the Archdiocese.
A graduate of the College of St. Catherine, Haselberger attended Moundsview High School in Arden Hills, but has spent much of her adult life abroad. She has lived in four foreign countries, including China and Africa and has traveled to over 50 countries. She has also taught canon law.
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis serves a Catholic population of more than 650,000 who worship in 218 parishes throughout a 12 county area. It also encompasses two of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, a major and minor seminary for the training of priests, 14 Catholic high schools, 93 Catholic elementary schools, a combined total of 37 hospitals, elderly residences and nursing homes, and Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities, which is second only to the government as the major provider of charity, housing, and human services in the Twin Cities.