Deacon Keene begins his new role on July 1, 2022.
Chicago – (June 23, 2022) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced the appointment of Deacon David Keene, Ph.D. as Chancellor. Keene is currently an auditor-actuary in the Office of Canonical Affairs. Keene will assume his new role on July 1 and succeeds Deacon Daniel Welter who is retiring after five years in the role.
“I am happy to announce that Deacon David Keene is Chancellor of the Archdiocese. He brings strong faith and a deep understanding of our diocesan ministries, offices and parishes to this role and I look forward to working with him,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. “I also want to acknowledge and thank Deacon Dan Welter for his service as Chancellor.”
As chancellor, Keene will advise Cardinal Cupich and diocesan officials on a variety of issues. He will also register ecclesiastical acts, decrees and dispensations issued by Cardinal Cupich and oversee the diocesan registers and archives.
In his current role as auditor-actuarius, Keene works in the Office of Canonical Affairs to prepare documents and petitions on behalf of the Archbishop for priests and deacons returning to the lay state. In addition, he assists the Vicar for Canonical Affairs and the Chancellor in compiling documents and researching applicable canon law for particular cases.
Prior to joining the Archdiocese’s Office of Canonical Affairs in 2019, Keene worked as an archaeological consultant since 1980 and founded Archaeological Research Incorporated (ARI) in 1991. At ARI he served as President, CEO and Senior Archaeologist. He led a team of archaeologists responsible for historic preservation planning and archaeological and historical investigations required by federal and state laws, and assisted government agencies in the recovery, identification, preservation, and conservation of archaeological and documentary materials.
Early in his career, Keene served as an instructor in the anthropology and sociology departments at Loyola University Chicago and taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Keene holds a BA in Anthropology and Classical Languages from Loyola University Chicago, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Detroit, and an MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin. -Madison. He obtained a degree in ecclesiastical administration from Saint Paul University in Ottawa, where he completed his license in canon law.
He has served on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and Deacon Board since 2012. He has served on the Preservation Action Board (1993-2010), the Center for American Archeology Board (1999-2003), as Chairman of the Board of administration of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (1996-1999) and the board of directors of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (1996-1999). Keene is also a member of the Canon Law Society of America, the Midwest Canon Law Society, the Society for American Archaeology, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for the Anthropology of Religion.
Keene was ordained a permanent deacon of the archdiocese in 2010. He ministered at St. Josaphat Parish (2010-2015) and Holy Family Parish Church (2015-2020), both in Chicago.
When called upon, he uses his skills in the exhumation of the remains of Servants of God, the title given to a candidate for sainthood whose cause is under consideration, before being declared Venerable. More recently Keene was involved in the exhumation of the father’s remains. Augustus Tolton and Fr. Patrick Ryan in the causes of their beatification.