Fr. Echert is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, ordained in 1987. He is the current pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in South Saint Paul, MN. Father Echert has the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) degree from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome with additional graduate studies at the Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem. He is also a military chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.