Today we welcome our new diocesan worship director, Kimberly Mandelkow. A native of Minnesota, she will serve as a key resource for the bishop and the diocese’s 80 parishes in the ongoing renewal of liturgical life and formation. She will manage and direct diocesan worship activities, provide consultation and serve as a resource on worship and church architecture projects as well as develop and administers programs of liturgical formation consistent with diocesan policies, goals and guidelines.
Mandelkow brings a unique background, having lived a life of work, prayer and service while in the religious community of the Sisters of St. Benedict. She has ministered in Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky in multiple facets of parish and organizational life including planned giving, liturgical planning and music, pastoral care and youth programs.
“Kimberly Mandelkow’s broad experience will be useful as she becomes familiar with and helps our parishes in central and southwest Iowa. I am particularly impressed by the energy, spirit and balance that Kim brings to her new role. She enjoys a rich academic background as well as a personal conviction of the centrality of liturgy in Catholic faith life,” said Bishop Richard Pates.
She assisted her former religious community in Indiana with planned giving and served as minister of music and liturgy at a parish in Kentucky. She served as pastoral associate for liturgy, music and pastoral care at two parishes in Indiana and was the director of liturgical music at a Newman Center near the University of Indiana at Bloomington. Mandelkow has planned bilingual and multilingual liturgies, led youth ministry programs and is an accomplished musician.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Minnesota, a master’s degree in pastoral ministry and liturgy from St Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and is active in the National Pastoral Musicians organization.
The former diocesan worship director, Kyle Lechtenberg, began serving Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny earlier this summer.