Archdiocese’s chancellor for civil affairs to retire

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments


Andrew J. Eisenzimmer, chancellor for civil affairs and legal counsel for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 2005, is retiring, effective Dec. 31.

The archdiocese made the announcement Oct. 2 and said it is undertaking a search to identify candidates to succeed Eisenzimmer, who has agreed to serve as a consultant for a period of time to assist with the transition.

“Andy has served this archdiocese extraordinarily well during his time as chancellor,” Archbishop John Nienstedt said. “I have extended to him my gratitude for the excellent service he has given to me and this local Church as well as for his faithful and diligent work on behalf of this archdiocese. We will miss him.”

Before joining the archdiocese, Eisenzimmer, 64, spent 28 years as legal counsel with the Twin Cities’ law firm of Meier, Kennedy & Quinn, which represents the archdiocese.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota (business/accounting, 1973) and William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul (1977), Eisenzimmer, in addition to serving as legal counsel to the archdiocese and the archbishop, has served the Minnesota Catholic Conference and many other religious organizations.

He also worked as trial and appellate counsel for numerous clients at all court levels. A frequent lecturer on legal topics related to religious organizations and the First Amendment, he has been active in the National Diocesan Attorneys Association and served on its executive committee for many years.

Eisenzimmer and his wife Joan will divide their time between their homes in the Twin Cities and Austin, Texas.

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