Bishop Dennis Sullivan has appointed Michael Jordan Laskey as vice chancellor for the City of Camden.
Laskey, currently director for the Office of Life and Justice, the diocesan office which addresses pro-life and social justice concerns, will continue to serve in that position.
In the newly-created vice chancellor position, Laskey will be responsible for presenting the church’s voice in the civic conversations shaping the future direction of the City of Camden, where the diocesan cathedral and administrative offices are located. In announcing the appointment, Bishop Sullivan noted Laskey’s ability to make connections with individuals and community organizations concerned about Camden.
Laskey will serve as Bishop Sullivan’s personal representative to pastors, parishes, community organizations and government agencies in Camden so that the diocese may be aware of and involved in the decisions that impact the city and its people, especially those whose voices are often not heard.
Laskey has been the director of Life and Justice Ministries for the Diocese of Camden, since 2012. Previously, he served as youth minister at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville, N.J., and as a program coordinator for the Center for FaithJustice, also in Lawrenceville. Laskey completed an Master of Arts in theology from the University of Notre Dame through the university’s Echo: Faith Formation Leadership Program, and he has a Bachelor of Arts in English, also from Notre Dame. Laskey is a Young Voices columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and is writing a forthcoming book, “The Ministry of Peace and Justice” (Liturgical Press). He lives with his wife Genevieve in Haddon Township.
Laskey’s appointment became effective May 1.