Very Rev. Martin A. Linebach, a native of Louisville, Kentucky was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1987 for the Archdiocese of Louisville. Father Linebach served as parochial vicar of Mother of Good Council Parish (1987-1990), Holy Trinity Parish (1993-1994), the Cathedral of the Assumption (1994-2001 and 2008-2010), and Saint Aloysius Parish (2006-2008). He served as administrator pro-tempore of Mother of Good Council Parish in 1990 and Saint Ignatius Martyr Parish from 2009-2010. Father was appointed the Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations serving from 2006 to 2016, pastor of Saint Patrick Parish from 2010 to 2014, and pastor of Saint Ignatius Parish, White Mills and Saint Ambrose Parish, Cecilia from 2014 to 2016, and pastor of Saint James Parish, Elizabethtown, Kentucky from 2014 to 2020. Father was appointed the rector of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville on August 5, 2020 while continuing as Vicar General. Father Linebach also serves as the Presbyteral Moderator of Holy Family Parish in Louisville.
Father Linebach received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bellarmine University in 1978 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Theological College of the Catholic University of America in 1987. He was assigned to graduate studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley – liturgical studies – from 1993-94. Father earned a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Loyola University in Chicago in 2002.
He has served several terms on the Priests’ Council and the College of Consultors. Father Linebach was appointed Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Louisville on February 1, 2018 by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, DD, Metropolitan Archbishop of Louisville.