Fr. Michael Gutgsell, Pastor and Rector 


Fr. Michael Gutgsell was appointed pastor of Saint Cecilia parish and rector of Saint Cecilia Cathedral on June 15, 2005.

He is the twenty-third pastor in the history of the parish and the tenth rector of the Cathedral.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he came to Omaha in 1961 as an eighth grader in Blessed Sacrament Parish on North 30th Street in Omaha. He has five sisters and four brothers.

Six years of minor seminary (four years of high school and two years of college) were taken at Saint John Vianney Minor Seminary, which became Mount Michael High School after his departure.

The final years of college and four years of theology took place in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Fr. Gutgsell was ordained at Saint Cecilia Cathedral on May 25, 1974 with eight other classmates.

He served in two parishes and, as part of his second parish assignment, taught full time for four of the seven years at Columbus Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus, Nebraska.

Two years of Canon Law studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, resulted in a License in Canon Law and an assignment to the Archdiocese Marriage Tribunal.

Fr. Gutgsell served full time in the Tribunal from 1983 until 1994 when he was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese by Archbishop Elden F. Curtiss.

In 1998, in addition to the duties of Chancellor, Fr. Gutgsell was appointed Moderator of the Curia (Chief of Staff among the Directors of the Archdiocesan departments and agencies).

In 2003 Fr. Gutgsell, retaining the position of Moderator of the Curia, was named pastor of Saint John the Baptist parish, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.

In 2005 he completed his service at the Chancery and began duties at the Cathedral.

Along with the duties of pastor and rector at the Cathedral, Fr. Gutgsell continues to hold the position of Defender of the Bond for the Second Instance Marriage Tribunal in the Archdiocese. 

He serves as a Judge in the First Instance Marriage Tribunal in the Archdiocese. 

He is a Archdiocesan Consultor and has recently completed a three year term as President of the Archdiocesan Priest Council. There are several other Archdiocesan committees that he also serves on.