Father Luke Ballman appointed executive director of Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Washington, D.C. – Father Luke Ballman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, has been appointed as Executive Director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV).  Father Ballman has served as Associate Director of CCLV since July 2016.

The new appointment will take effect December 1, 2019.  Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment.

Prior to his work at the Conference, Father Ballman served as Parochial Vicar, Pastor, Vocation Director, and Vicar for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  He later served as Director of Apostolic Formation at the Pontifical North American College.

“Father Ballman has supported seminarians in their studies, pastors in their ministry, and formators in their essential work of training priests.  His insights and experience have greatly benefitted the Secretariat,” said Msgr. Bransfield.  “ I remain grateful to Archbishop Wilton  D. Gregory for allowing Father Ballman to serve in this capacity.”

Father Ralph O’Donnell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha has been Executive Director of CCLV since July 2015. He previously served as Parish Pastor, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Omaha, and Vice Rector/Dean of Students for Conception Seminary College.  Father O’Donnell has now been appointed to serve as pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha.

“I am grateful to Father O’Donnell for his service to the Conference as well as to Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha, for having made Father O’Donnell available to assist the work of the Bishops of the United States,” said Msgr. Bransfield.