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John Clayton Nienstedt, American archbishop. Appointed a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II bearing title Monsignor, 1985, a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II, 1990.


Nienstedt, John Clayton was born on March 18, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth S. (Kennedy) Nienstedt.


Bachelor, Sacred Heart Seminary, 1969. Barium Strontium Titanate, Pontifical Gregorian University, 1972. Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Institute of St. Alphonsus, 1977.

Department of Science and Technology, Pontifical Institute of St. Alphonsus, 1985.


Ordained deacon North American College, Rome, 1972. Deacon intern Sacred Heart Parish, Dearborn, Michigan, 1973-1974, priest, 1974. Ordained priest Archdiocese of Detroit, 1974, vicar general, 1979—1980, auxiliary bishop, southern region, 1996—2001.

Associate pastor Guardian Angels Church, Clawson, Michigan, 1974-1976. Secretary to Cardinal John Dearden, 1977-1980. Professor moral theological St. John Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan, 1977—1978.

Appointed minor official of 2nd grade Vatican Secretariate of State, 1980-1985. Temporary associate pastor St. Regis Parish, Birmingham, Michigan, 1986. Pastor St. Patrick's Parish, Union Lake, 1986-1987.

Rector Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, 1988—1994, assistant professor moral theological, 1988—2000. Pastor Shrine of the Little Flower parish, Royal Oak, 1994—1996. Ordained bishop, 1996.

Bishop Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, 2001—2007. Coadjutor archbishop Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, 2007—2008, archbishop, since 2008. Weekend associate pastor St. Fabian's Parish, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1977, Our Lady of Sorrow's Parish, Farmington, 1978-1980.

Member medical moral committee Michigan Conference for Catholic Health Facilities, 1977-1980. Assistant chaplain Baby Jesus Hospital, Rome, Italy 1980-1983. Chaplain Brothers of Holy Cross assigned to Notre Dame High School for Boys, Rome, 1981-1984.

Instructor religion First Eucharist Program Marymont International School, 1980-1983. Adjunct professor moral theology Orchard Lake Schools, 1986. Board trustees Madonna College, 1989-1994, trustee committee academy affairs, since 1989.

Member Midwest/Western Rector's Conference, since 1987, Wranglers, 1986-1990, Archdiocesan Medical Moral Committee, 1987. Trustee, Catholic Relief Society, since 2005.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Catholic Theological Society of America, Association Governor Boards of University and Colleges (workshop theological school trustees, chief executives Cincinnati chapter 1989), Midwest Association Theological Schools (annual participation 1988, 89, 90), Association American Colleges (annual participation 1990).


John Nienstedt

Elizabeth S. (Kennedy) Nienstedt