Father Ken Simpson was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1978. He was assigned as associate pastor to St. Michael Parish in Orland Park until being asked to join the faculty at Niles College Seminary of Loyola University. At Niles he taught Theology and served as Dean of Formation and Vice Rector. Expecting to return to a parish he was surprised to be asked to move into campus ministry as Director/Chaplain of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University and served there from 1992 until 2007. In that year Fr. Ken was named pastor of St. Clement Parish in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago where in addition he served as dean in his Vicariate. Fr. Ken holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Mundelein Seminary and a Masters in Spirituality from the University of San Francisco.
On January 1, 2017 Cardinal Blase Cupich appointed Fr. Ken Vicar for Professional and Pastoral Development of Priests.