My name is Joseph Chrisman. I have been married to my wife, Katie, for the last ten years. We have four children. Our oldest is nine and our youngest is three.
I am originally from Pueblo, Colorado. I attended the University of Northern Colorado for instrumental music education. After a year at UNC, I enrolled at Conception Seminary College in northwest Missouri. I completed a Bachelor or Arts with an emphasis in philosophy. I then immediately entered graduate school at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in southern Indiana. After that I returned to Pueblo to begin working at the parish level.
After four years of working at two different parishes, I became the diocesan director of worship. It was my responsibility to see to the celebration of the sacraments throughout the entire region of southern Colorado as well as the education of the people and the clergy in liturgical matters. During that time I began working on a doctoral degree through The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
After three years working at the diocesan level, we decided that it was time to move. My wife is originally from this area, so I took a parish job and we moved 1,100 miles east. I am currently the pastoral associate at Holy Name of Jesus parish in Beech Grove. It is a medium size Catholic parish on the southside of Indy.
In the summer of 2018, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation and received my Doctor of Ministry degree in liturgical studies.