By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter
KANSAS CITY — Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn last week announced the appointment of Jude Huntz to the newly-created position of Chief of Staff. Huntz began serving in this new capacity Nov. 1.
He will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating Chancery operations that require inter-departmental collaboration, and will report directly to the bishop.
In his announcement, Bishop Finn said that Huntz will help “select, prioritize, implement and evaluate” key diocesan initiatives to “ensure that we realize the full potential of our mission and ministries.”
He will also serve as an ambassador to the community and within the Chancery.
“I am honored and overwhelmed at the responsibility, but am happy to serve the bishop,” Huntz said.
He said he has met with several members of the chancery staff and will make changes as needed so service areas are better connected in terms of planning and collaborating.
Huntz grew up in Buffalo, NY. Since graduating from Canisius College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and the Classics, Huntz, 41, has been a teacher, director of a boarding school dormitory, special projects manager for the Fraternity of St. Peter (an international community of priests), an RCIA and adult education instructor, and a middle school basketball coach. In Oct. 2008, he was hired as the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocesan Director of the Human Rights Office, directing the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services for the diocese, facilitating Catholic Social Teaching education and consulting for parishes, and directing human rights advocacy work at the local, state and federal levels. He also earned a Master of Arts in Humanities degree from the University of Dallas, 2003, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University-Chicago this year.
Huntz will continue as Diocesan Director of Human Rights. He has met with his staff to acquaint them with his new duties and to work with them to facilitate effective advocacy programs and events.
Huntz has served as a parish consultant; he serves as the Public Policy chair for the Missouri Catholic Conference and sits on the boards of several community and faith-based groups. He plans to draw on his education, skills and breadth of experience in his dual roles as Chief of Staff and director of the human rights office.
When he is not working, he enjoys reading, writing for publication, sports of all kinds, travel and spending time with his wife Cristen and their two sons. The Huntz family is active in St. Therese Little Flower Parish.