Bishop appoints Father David Klein chancellor of the Diocese of Camden


kleindavid-webBishop Joseph A. Galante has named Very Reverend David J. Klein, J.C.L., chancellor of the Diocese of Camden for a three-year term beginning July 27.

Father Klein, 54, who has been judicial vicar since February 2005, will continue as judicial vicar.

The judicial vicar is a judge overseeing the ecclesiastical court, the diocesan Tribunal, while the diocesan chancellor ensures that diocesan acts — particularly those with juridic effect — are properly executed, authenticated, maintained and archived.

“Father Klein brings great experience and skill to his service to the diocese and its people. I am grateful for his continued service as judicial vicar and his acceptance of the responsibilities he has assumed as chancellor,” said Bishop Galante.

From 2002-2005 Father Klein was adjutant judicial vicar. He also served as parochial vicar of Christ the King, Haddonfield (2002-2007), Sacred Heart Parish, Vineland (1998-2001) and Saint Agnes Parish, Blackwood (1990-1993).

While in residence at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1993-1998) he served as a chaplain at Cooper Hospital, Camden. He later served as chaplain to Newcomb Hospital, Vineland (1998-2001), and the St. Pius X Spiritual Life Center, Blackwood (2007-2008). He also was coordinator of health care ministry for the diocese (2003-2006).

Father Klein attended The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., where he received his J.C.L. in Canon Law in 2002. He attended Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York (M. Div., 1989) and LaSalle University (B.A., 1977).

He was ordained on May 26, 1990 in St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden by Bishop James T. McHugh.