Brett Meister named Director of Communications
PHOENIX (March 10, 2022) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is pleased to announce that it has appointed Brett Meister as its new Director of Communications. He joins the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix after nearly three decades leading goodwill communications and outreach for global sports organizations, including most recently the famed Harlem Globetrotters.
“We are grateful to have Brett as a new member of the leadership team and look forward to his professional assistance in efforts to communicate and share the beauty and truth of our Catholic faith,” Fr. Fred said. Adamson, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Phoenix.
During his 23-year tenure with the Globetrotters, Meister traveled with the team to more than 30 countries around the world as the organization fulfilled its role as global goodwill ambassador, including historic visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and Cuba. Meister also accompanied the team to impoverished areas of Honduras, Uzbekistan, Mozambique, Lithuania and Estonia, and personally provided two Vatican visits for the Globetrotters, meeting Pope John Paul II. (2000) and Pope Francis (2015).
“I am grateful and excited to come and work with an exceptional group of talented people who lead the Diocese of Phoenix,” Meister said. “I look forward to working with the parishioners, clergy and wonderful people of the diocese, as well as Bishop Olmsted and his leadership team to accomplish the great mission of the Catholic faith in Arizona.”
Prior to joining the Globetrotters in 1997, Meister served as vice president of communications for the Continental Basketball Association in St. Louis, where he worked as the league’s chief spokesperson and liaison with the National Basketball Association and USA Basketball. . His international experience also includes working on the USOC press briefing team at the 1996 Summer Olympics and serving as deputy venue press director for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. began his professional career as a television reporter and editor at KTIV-TV (NBC) in Sioux City, Iowa.
Meister’s religious background has included many facets of the Catholic Church, including his longtime membership in the Knights of Columbus, where he is currently a fourth degree member. Originally from Marcus, Iowa, he graduated from Briar Cliff University, a Catholic school located in Sioux City, and is an accomplished photographer. Meister has two adult daughters and four grandchildren, who reside in Mesa, Arizona.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was established on December 2, 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Led by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, more than 1.1 million Catholics call this diverse, vibrant and faith-filled diocese home, comprising 94 parishes and 23 missions. Nearly 15,000 students attend one of 29 Catholic elementary schools, seven secondary schools, and 29 preschools in the Diocese of Phoenix. Learn more about the Catholic Church at dphx.org.