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June 30, 2000 Issue
Local News

Chancellor change comes July 1

St. Mary Bride Grubbs is the new chancellor

By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor

Sr. Mary Bride Grubbs, ANG, is looking forward to her new position as chancellor for the Green Bay Diocese. "My philosophy of spirituality is that we are given gifts, not for ourselves, but to share in any way we can."

Sr. Grubbs, who is currently the diocesan consultant for parish planning and collaboration, takes over the chancellor's job from Sr. Lisa Lucht, OP, who has been chancellor since 1995. She will be the third female chancellor for the diocese. (Sr. Anne Rehrauer, OSF, served as chancellor from 1987 to 1995).

The chancellor keeps the legal records of the diocese. The duties include drawing up documents for the government of the diocese, overseeing diocesan archives and keeping records of dispensations, ecclesiastical trials and annulment proceedings. Sr. Grubbs sees her ministry as bringing a pastoral face to these proceedings.

She is well prepared in the pastoral mode: in 1986, she became the first parish director in the diocese. She served as director at St. Patrick, Stephensville until 1998. In 1996, she was concurrently named parish director of St. Denis, Shiocton. In her work as a diocesan consultant, she worked closely with parishes in developing plans to deal with the increasing shortage of priests. There, she saw "the eagerness people had to be effective, how much people really love priests, how they respond to the call to do whatever they can to help."

Sr. Lucht says she is "anxious and eager to serve the church in another capacity" and hopes to return to parish ministry. She served as pastoral associate at St. Rose Parish in Clintonville before taking on the job as chancellor

The Manawa native says that her last five years as chancellor, has allowed her to minister in a way she learned from her own mother, a ministry of "quality presence. If there's been any feedback in my job as chancellor, that has been predominant -- great gratitude from those I served. It was a pleasure and it made the job very rewarding.

Rather than give a list of projects accomplished in the last five years, Sr. Lucht hopes that her major contribution has been "the ministerial presence of a woman in a position reserved to the ordained throughout most of our diocesan history."

Sr. Lucht has a master of ministry degree from Seattle University and a doctorate in ministry of spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Donaldson, Ind. She has also taken24 credits in canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Sr. Grubbs holds a masters degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. She has also taken courses in canon law.

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