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May 23, 2014, edition

Celebrating the jubilarians of the St. Cloud Diocese

With this special pullout section The Visitor congratulates the priests, deacon and men and women religious in the St. Cloud Diocese who are celebrating special anniversaries of religious profession. We thank them for their many years of dedicated service.

This section includes a list of those individuals, the celebrations in their honor and features of one jubilarian from each order. We hope their comments give you a flavor of their lives and vocations.

A number of jubilarians will be feted individually at parishes and other venues in the coming weeks and months. The Visitor will publish notices about those events as they approach. If readers know of a jubilarian celebration to which the public is invited, please mail the information, and photo if available, to “Jubilees,” c/o The Visitor, P.O. Box 1068, St. Cloud, MN 56302 or email to copyditor@stcloudvisitor.org.


Diocesan Priests
Eleven diocesan priests who serve the St. Cloud Diocese will celebrate jubilees of their ordination this year. (A diocesan priest is one not affiliated with a religious order.)

The diocese’s priests will celebrate these jubliarians in a private celebration with a Mass June 2 at St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville.

60 years
Father Lloyd Haupt
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Father Leo Leisen

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Father Alvin Quade
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55 years
Father Bernard Kahlhamer
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50 years
Father Gerald Dalseth
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Father Gerald Mischke
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Father Kenneth Riedemann
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Father Eberhard Schefers
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Father William Vos
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40 years
Father Joseph Korf
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25 years
Father Joseph Vanderberg
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Father Bill Vos — 50 years as a priest and a million frequent flyer miles

“My African name is Torani. It was a typical sun drenched Tanzanian day on the edge of the great Serengeti wildlife refuge. We gathered for the Sunday celebration in the small cement-block outstation church built by the hands of those packed within. A two-hour Catholic Mass allowed everyone to get in on the action: roof-raising voices singing every part of the liturgy that is sing-able, a number of the more spirit-filled women elders dancing up and down the aisle whenever they felt so moved. A sermon wherein there were no rhetorical questions: raise an issue and a response is spontaneously and enthusiastically given. The hard life of the other six days of the week, 80 percent spent on survival in search of the necessities of life, are set aside for this weekly festival of life.”
— Excerpted from Father Vos’ unpublished manuscript

By Kristi Anderson

As a country boy from Holdingford, Father Bill Vos never dreamed he would sow seeds of Christianity around the world. After gold-mining in Alaska to earn money for college, he found himself on the doorstep of St. John’s School of Theology/Seminary.

During his 50 years as a priest, Father Vos spent much of his time abroad, learning the cultures of indigenous people, teaching them the Gospel and calling them to leadership to help widen the universal church. He spent almost 20 years with the Wanata people in Tanzania, East Africa.

“On reflection, I must admit that living and tromping around in this most-beautiful corner of God’s creation provided my most enjoyable diversions. . . . I never tired of just observing, studying the unbelievable diversity of life forms in the Serengeti ecosystem, and then to be able to harvest the best tasting animal flesh on planet earth was a most pleasant chore.

“I later learned that the name ‘Torani,’ which was given to me when they inducted me into their tribe, was one of their revered ancestors who was a noted and wise peace maker. What an honor to realize that in their name-giving they believed that Torani still lived on among them.” 

Early days

In 1964, Father Vos was ordained to the priesthood with nine others, including his friend, Father Gerald Dalseth.

Father Dalseth recalled their seminary days of playing many sports while balancing their studies.

“Bill was quite a fisherman, too,” he said. “I remember him taking the rector out fishing when we were in seminary.”

The Second Vatican Council was taking place at that time.

“When we were ordained in 1964,” Father Dalseth told, “the Liturgy of the Word had been changed to English but the rest of the Mass was still in Latin.

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Father Bill Vos holds a girl during a visit to Kenya in 2011. Rita Clasemann, who worked with the priest jubliarian when he returned to the St. Cloud Diocese recalled, “During Father Vos’ time in our parishes, he instilled a mission spirit, a spirit of welcome to all. . . . It was easy to see his heart was and still is in mission. It is no surprise he has chosen to travel around the world for Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Catholic Relief Services, supporting the work of missions and energizing others to get involved.” Photo courtesy of Father Bill Vos

“It was a challenging time. We young guys wanted to see the changes happen more quickly, while the older priests thought things were moving too fast, much like today, except now we are the old guys,” he joked.

Father Vos’ first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud and then St. Mary Parish, Little Falls. In 1969, he was asked to be the associate chaplain at Newman Center. Two months later, he became pastor serving with two other priests, a religious sister and a full staff.

“Newman Center was a highlight for me,” Father Vos said. “It was a time of great renewal in the church, and it was invigorating to be in an academic setting, in a community that took the renewal seriously and incorporated the changes into the parish life. Newman was so receptive.”

In 1979, a fishing and hunting expedition in Africa with his longtime friend and classmate, Father John Kaiser, was the beginning of Father Vos’ long term relationship with the African people.

Shortly after the trip, Father Vos approached Bishop George Speltz with his idea to serve the people in Africa. After much discussion, Bishop Speltz and the superior general of Maryknoll agreed for Father Vos to work more closely with lay missioners overseas yet remain a priest in the diocese.

“Maryknoll had a good program for associate priests,” Father Vos said. “They prepared people well for the work of acculturation.”

Father Vos loved the young, exciting church of Africa.

“In Kenya and Tanzania,” he said, “they celebrate so well which made my role so much more positive. I baptized hundreds of people each year at the Easter Vigil.

“It was also inspiring to see them transitioning to local leadership, getting local people to take on leadership roles as priests and bishops,” he continued. “Now there are over 40 local diocesan priests and very few missioners.”

Coming back

Each year, Father Vos returned to the St. Cloud Diocese of to share what he had learned through mission talks in various parishes.

“It was important to me to reestablish myself back in the diocese,” he said, “to create more of a missionary spirit within the diocese.”

In 1998 he came back to stay, becoming pastor ofSt. Kathryn Parish in Ogilvie and St. Mary Parish in Mora while also serving as director of the Mission Office.

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Father Bill Vos poses next to a termite mound in Tanzania in 2010. Photo courtesy of Father Bill Vos

Father Dalseth credits Father Vos for his forward thinking, especially for his vision of the importance of the laity in the church. It was Father Vos, for example, who recognized the gifts of Rita Clasemann, who is now parish life coordinator of St. Kathryn and St. Mary.

“During Father Vos’ time in our parishes, he instilled a mission spirit, a spirit of welcome to all,” Clasemann said. “We hosted numerous visitors from around the world — Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Peru, Madagascar and Uganda, learning from them about faith and community.

“It was easy to see his heart was and still is in mission,” she recalled. “It is no surprise he has chosen to travel around the world for Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Catholic Relief Services, supporting the work of missions and energizing others to get involved.”

Days to come 

Although retired, Father Vos remains active. Recently, he and Father Dalseth co-administered the parish of Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids while the pastor, Father Ron Weyrens, was on sabbatical.

In addition, Father Vos continues to serve as the director for Catholic Relief Services for the St. Cloud Diocese.

Father Tom McQuaid from the CRS Midwest Regional Office explained, “The work of Catholic Relief Services in the United States is to help the Catholic community to live our faith in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world. In doing this work, we couldn’t have found a better diocesan partner than Father Bill Vos.

“Bill’s overseas experience, his passion for mission and, most importantly, the person that he is, serves our mission well,” he continued. “We often look to the Diocese of St. Cloud as an example of how a faith community is bearing fruit in global awareness and solidarity. And this is due, in no small measure, to Bill’s example.”

Longtime colleague and the executive director of Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Sam Stanton, described another role that Father Vos currently holds.

“In 2006 when Maryknoll Lay Missioners became a separate entity, Bill assumed the role of board chair,” Stanton said. “His role as a ‘bridge’ with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers as well as the Maryknoll Sisters as we grow into our own and separate entity has been crucial. His leadership with and pastoral attention and care to our board members has been key. Bill’s vision, his liturgical sense, has been and continues to be a gift. Bill is truly ‘priest’ in the best sense of the word.”

Father Vos intends to gradually take more time for himself to enjoy vacationing, golfing, fishing — especially a fly-in to Canada where he will fish the Churchill River.

“It won’t be the same as fishing for Nile perch on Lake Victoria,” he said, “but I am certainly looking forward to it.”

He also hopes to write a book, excerpts from which appear in the italic type above.

Additionally, part of his role with Maryknoll takes him back to Africa and other locations to bring donors to visit missioners. He is taking a group to Tanzania in August.

“No matter how much you can say about the experience of mission, there is no comparison to going and seeing it for yourself,” he said. “Wherever I have been, I have always had amazing people to work with.”


Benedictine Fathers and Brothers

St. John’s Abbey will celebrate their 25-, 50- and 60-year jubilarians’ ordination to the priesthood at 11:15 a.m. June 4 in St. John’s Abbey Church. The abbey will celebrate their 25-, 50 and 60-year jubilarians’ monastic profession at 10 a.m. July 11 in St. John’s Abbey Church. All are welcome to attend both.

Ordination to the priesthood 

60 YEARS
Father Hilary Thimmesh

50 YEARS
Father Bernardine Ness
Father William Skudlarek
Father Tom Gillespie

Monastic profession 

60 YEARS
Father Roger Botz
Father Eugene McGlothlin
Father Kieran Nolan
Father Chrystom Kim

50 YEARS
Father Jerome Tupa
Father Julius Beckerman

25 YEARS
Father Anthony Ruff


Benedictine Father Jerome Tupa

3btupa50 years — St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville
Born: Sept. 24, 1941
Home Parish: Nanson, N.D.
Ministries: Pastor, college professor, faculty resident, artist in residence.

What was your favorite assignment and why?
I enjoyed teaching French for 32 years! It was a good experience and I believe I had success with it. Since then I have been working in the parish, first in Collegeville and now St. Joseph, and this is also rewarding work. The people at both parishes have been so receptive and supportive of both my preaching and me. They make me feel good about myself!

Tell the story of the most significant moment during your time in religious life.
The most significant time was spent in my early years at St. John’s Abbey. Before becoming a priest I was a religious brother for 20 years. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other brothers — they were very welcoming! I matured in the monastery because of the discipline and support that was given to me. The monastic community provided the foundation of my understanding of the history, tradition and theology of my Catholic faith. In that era we spent much time discussing Vatican II and the liturgy — it was an exciting time.

Certainly my painting and the different exhibitions that I mounted across the U.S. as well as at the UNESCO building in Paris and at the Vatican were equally exciting.

What advice or pearls of wisdom would you offer to those discerning a vocation today?
Go with it! Follow your heart! If you are interested in the monastery introduce yourself to the people in the monastery — you can’t figure it out from the outside!

What Scripture, prayer or quote inspires you most?
The prayer “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.” And, in desperate times, a simple “Help!” is my prayer!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my dog, Buster. We love going for our daily walks, which provides a great way for me to meet new people. Having him around is life-giving since, as a pastor, I am not living in the monastery with my monastic brothers. It is good to have him to come home to after work.


Poor Clare Sisters

The Poor Clare Sisters will celebrate as a community Sept. 15 to honor Sister Mary Judith Moshier. That date is exactly 50 years since her first profession.

Poor Clare Sister Mary Judith Moshier

4bmoshier50 years — St. Clare’s Monastery, Sauk Rapids
Born: Nov. 2, 1943
Home Parish: St. Augustine, St. Cloud
Ministries: Yard work, cook and canner, refectorian, infirmarian, community letter writer, council member, house cleaner.

What was your favorite assignment and why?
Yard work was a big joy for me when I was young and my house cleaning skills have brought me to every nook and cranny of this building. My greatest joy was to take care of our Sister Teresa for many of the years she was in the infirmary. There are great rewards in serving one another. Also in letter writing we can support many people who are hurting and help them find faith and hope.

Tell the story of the most significant moment during your time in religious life.
When I entered I did not know what the word “contemplation” meant — learning that was the most significant moment and life-fulfilling time of my entire life. It is the start of eternal life here on earth. And the growth in this just keeps blossoming out more and more beyond what any words are able to convey.

What advice or pearls of wisdom would you offer to those discerning a vocation today?
The day before I entered I went to see my pastor, Benedictine Father Berthold. He encouraged me to give my vocation a good try. Often a person may think they might like religious life but just don’t know for sure that it is a call from God or not. My advice is what Father Berthold advised for me, “give it a good try.” The reward may be a joy beyond our understanding besides helping bring many souls to eternal life that otherwise might have gotten lost.

What Scripture, prayer or quote inspires you most?
The greatest prayer of all is the Mass and the Mercy Chaplet speaks much of what is actually happening at every Mass — offering Jesus to the Eternal Father. The Mass is the highlight of my day.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
During any “free time” I like to read and spend extra time in prayer. The mystics say God likes to come down and play with the souls of people. It’s important to have some quiet time within us to let him come in.


Crosier Fathers and Brothers

The Crosier Community of Onamia holds community and family celebrations for their jubilarians.

60 YEARS PROFESSION
Brother Michael Glidden
Brother Daniel Stang

50 YEARS ORDINATION
Father Edward Greiwe
Father Adrian Piotrowski

 


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50 years — Crosier Fathers and Brothers, Onamia
Born: April 1, 1937
Home Parish: St. Lawrence, Muncie, Ind.
Ordained: May 23, 1964

What was your favorite assignment and why?
My favorite assignment was the 31 years I spent in our Crosier missions in Asmat, a part of the rainforest jungles of Papua, Indonesia. This was also my first assignment. I was ordained in May here in the States and left for Asmat already in October.

Of course, I thought that I was ready for this mission assignment, but it turned out to be beyond what I could dream or imagine. It was better than what I dreamed or imagined! The other missionaries who had preceded my arrival always told of the extraordinary things — the most dramatic and strange — to catch our attention. But then I realized that day-to-day life in Asmat was different than that, and so day-to-day I got to know and befriend and love the people, and that was wonderful. In fact, that was the theme of my first letter home to my father and mother — that life in Asmat was not as dramatic as I expected, and that I was finding a home there with the welcoming people.

I am grateful that in my missionary experience I was able, through my call to leadership, to help the Crosier community and the new Diocese of Agats grow as local church. This was the main goal of our mission — to help the local church get established and grow.

The most challenging part of being there in Asmat was the lack of communication, or our very limited communication, with our families. Also, it was hard to not be home upon the death of my father. That was personally difficult. There was also great challenge in “befriending” the Indonesian military and police and government personnel, especially during some very tense times, and being able to address those challenges in a friendly way. After all, we were “guests” in their country, and so we had to be very careful.

What advice or pearls of wisdom would you offer to those discerning a vocation today?
Chapter 15 in the Gospel of John where Jesus speaks about the “vine and the branches” has always helped me feel connected with others and intimately connected with the God in whom I believe. This Scripture gave me a “directional statement” to go and bear good fruit for the kingdom. While one might accept an assignment out of obedience, love must be at the core in accepting that assignment if it is to last and bear fruit for the Gospel.


Franciscan Sisters

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will honor their 75- and 80-year jubilarians Aug. 24, the 60-year jubilarians June 22 and the 50-year jubilarians and 25-year jubilarian Aug. 10. These celebrations will begin with a Mass of thanksgiving for the jubilarians and their invited guests at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

80 YEARS
Sister Mary Fabian Schneider

75 YEARS
Sister Marie Theis

60 YEARS
Sister Rita Kuhl
Sister Bernita Lindstrom
Sister Joyce Marie Piotrowski

50 YEARS
Sister Mary Dumonceaux
Sister Beatrice Eichten
Sister Sharon Fitzpatrick
Sister Carol Virnig

25 YEARS
Sister Mary Hroscikoski


Franciscan Sister Mary Fabian Schneider

5bschneider80 years — Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls

Born: July 10, 1915 in Swanville
Home Parish: Sacred Heart, Flensburg
Ministries: Health care, CCD, parish work, house-keeping/bishop’s residence, receptionist

What was your favorite assignment and why?
The fact is, I didn’t have a favorite assignment. Wherever I was asked to minister, I know it was God’s providence. I knew I could do the job my superiors asked of me because he would be there to help me and be at my side. I did the best I could with every ministry.

Tell the story of the most significant moment during your time in religious life.
When I first entered at age 18, I really didn’t know what this life was all about. I simply was faithful to prayers and the work that I was asked to do. Many times I would hear God’s voice — well, I really didn’t hear it, it was more like a push, an urging. Those were God’s challenges to me. Each moment is significant, so this very moment is significant. Nearing age 99, I am still called to spread God’s love and Gospel to the people around me, to smile, be kind and patient. In some ways, these older years are a time of suffering, yet I accept them with an open heart. I can do anything asked of me with God at my side.

What advice or pearls of wisdom would you offer to those discerning a vocation today?
My biological sister, Franciscan Sister Mary Eugenia Schneider, was here at the convent when I entered in 1934, so I had been accustomed to visiting her here. I always saw the Franciscan Sisters as happy themselves and so happy to be together. I thought, “Perhaps this is what God is asking me to do and be.” Naturally, I asked my mother what she thought. She said, “Sure, you can enter the convent. You need to do whatever is right for you.” Later I learned how happy she was of my decision, knowing that I was always welcome to return home. If a young woman sees our life and wonders if it is right for her, I would encourage her to be with us and live with us for a while. Perhaps her answer will come as it did for many of us here. As St. Francis said on his death bed, “I have done what is mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours.”

What Scripture, prayer or quote inspires you most?
At every opportunity, I tell Jesus that I love him. In our chapel, we believe that God is really present. When I receive the Body of Christ, I hold him in my hand. I say, “You are the resurrected, Lord. You are risen. You are the sacrament most holy. Every moment is thine.” I thanked the Blessed Mother for saying “Yes” to the angels when asked to be the mother of Jesus and I thank her for giving us her son. “Jesus, I thank you for dying on the cross to make it possible for my sins to be forgiven.”

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Until a few months ago, I was a receptionist for the Motherhouse. Now that I am in Clare Residence, our care center, my responsibility is to be as active in community life as I am able to be and to participate in life. Officially, I am missioned to a ministry of prayer and presence and to make of myself a dwelling place for the Lord God Almighty. Without a job to fill my time, I am able to enjoy being with Jesus. Once I finish going through boxes from my move from Flensburg, I hope, by God’s grace, that I may be able to embroider once again.


Benedictine Sisters
The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict honored their 60-, 75- and 80-year jubilarians with a Mass May 3 in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Benedict’s Monastery. They will honor their 50-year jubilarians at Mass at 1:30 p.m. July 20.

80 YEARS
Sister Hildebrand Eickhoff

75 YEARS
Sister Giles Reller (d. May 4)
Sister Zoe Imholte (d. May 18)

60 YEARS
Sister Ann Machtemes
Sister Benet Frandrup
Sister Cynthia Schmit
Sister Dorothy Heinen
Sister Eunice Antony
Sister Gretchen Jumbeck
Sister Jean Gibson
Sister Joan Felling
Sister Louise Koltes
Sister Margaret Michaud
Sister Merle Nolde
Sister Michon Lanners
Sister Shaun O’Meara

50 YEARS
Sister Ann Marie Biermaier
Sister Maribeth Theis
Sister Mariterese Woida
Sister Michaela Hedican
Sister Ruth Feeney


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50 years — St. Benedict’s Monastery

Born: Jan. 6, 1942
Home Parish: Hamel, Minn.
Ministries: Teaching was her central ministry; library work in later years.

What was your favorite assignment and why?
My teaching career began at Pierz with the primary grades. After several years there, I moved on (as sisters do) to other “country” parishes where I ministered as primary teacher, principal or student teacher: Meire Grove/Greenwald, Maple Lake, St. Anthony’s in St. Cloud, St. Joseph Lab School and Little Falls.

I am grateful for all the happiness and enriching experiences I had with hundreds of students, parents and the people I met who were so dedicated to Catholic education. Each place was special in its own way. I was always full of enthusiasm and busy with school projects and surprises.

Tell the story of the most significant moment during your time in religious life.
I always wanted to be a teacher, but also considered myself to be a “country girl.” This is why I chose the College of St. Benedict — not because I wanted to be a sister, but because the college was in the country.

The thought of a vocation dogged me, however, and like the Hound of Heaven, God pursued me. I moved to the University of Minnesota for my sophomore year to “get away” from the sisters and make sure God was really calling me. God was — and I entered the monastery in 1962.

I was happy as a Benedictine Sister and also became the teacher I always wanted to be. (I earned my elementary education degrees at the CSB and St. Cloud State University.)

But not all of life involved school, which I loved. I recall special moments, or “mountain tops,” where I met God’s quiet peace and love in prayer. My moment of recommitment on my 25th jubilee was one of these. My whole family gathered to celebrate my life of dedication to God and church as a religious sister.

What advice or pearls of wisdom would you offer to those discerning a vocation today?
The “Pearl of Great Price” which I found and opened, my monastic vocation, released a life of love and peace. These gifts can also be gifts for young people today who are willing to open the pearl. Your vocation is your call to happiness. It’s not your job — it’s the fire burning in your heart.

What Scripture, prayer or quote inspires you most?
I am grateful for my healthy and energetic years, sustained by God, which kept me “batting at home plate” and always running back. Among my “sustainable” readings is one from the Song of Songs, Chapter 3: “I sought Him but I did not find Him. . . . When I found Him whom my heart loves, I took hold of Him and would not let Him go.” This tells the love story of my call by God and my response throughout these 50 years.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My life is less busy today at St. Scholastica Convent in east St. Cloud, where I moved in 2011. But one thing that keeps me “batting at home plate” is my creativity which overflows in an assortment of artful photo albums which I’m preparing for each niece and nephew. I love the time I put into them. Like teaching, it’s a gift of oneself.


Diocesan Deacon

Deacon Bruce Maltzen

7bmaltzen25 years — St. Cloud Diocese
Born: July 5, 1947
Home Parish: Raised Lutheran
Ministries: Bible Studies, pre-marriage preparation, baptism preparation, marriage counseling, RCIA, liturgy and liturgy preparation

What was your favorite assignment and why?
My favorite assignment and hardest assignment is marriage preparation. So many young couples come to marriage without the full knowledge of the sacrament they approach. This is a time for great leaps in faith. My wife and I work with the couple towards receiving the sacrament in the fullness of the grace that can be poured out upon them. We help them understand the indissolubility of the joining of two souls with God in this sacrament and about the placing the other always first in their care and thoughts.

Tell the story of the most significant moment during your time in religious life.
Being a Lutheran convert, I had never been introduced to the devotion to Mary, our Blessed Mother. I had conflicts that I had to deal with, and one day while mowing the lawn, with the internal conflict raging, the understanding became vividly apparent to me, and the devotion to Mary traversed that infinite 18-inch journey from my head to my heart. Since then I have had two mothers that cared for me, my biological mother who raised me and cared for me and had such great hopes for me, and my heavenly mother who has been coaching me and caring for me even in the years when I did not know her.

What advice or pearls of wisdom would you offer to those discerning a vocation today?
Take time to listen in prayer for a call to vocation. Many today say, “I think I would be good at. . . . ” We should be responding to a call from God in our lives, not determining what is best for us or where we think we could do our best. Many vocations go unrecognized because the person has not spent sufficient time in discernment of the call God is placing in them. The call to a vocation precedes a decision for vocation.

What Scripture, prayer or quote inspires you most?
The Emmaus scripture (Luke 13:1 – 35) where the two disciples recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread (verses 30 – 31). This inspires me to be fully present and attentive at Mass. How we as Catholics need to understand this and have our eyes opened so that we too might recognize how truly he is present in the breaking of the bread. I see so many people leave the church without knowing what they have in the Eucharist.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy my free time most often with my family whether it be time sharing discussions about our life’s needs or a moment of quiet time at adoration with Pat, my wife of 36 years. I also love time at family gatherings, going golfing with my son, sitting down and discussing life’s challenges and rewards with my daughters and being swamped in the love and requests of grandchildren.


Celebrations

FATHER WILLIAM GAMBER 

7bgamberFather William Gamber will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination June 8, Pentecost Sunday, with a Mass at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, Fergus Falls. A reception will follow the Mass. Father Gamber retired from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and lives in his hometown of Fergus Falls.

 

 

 

 

 


 

FATHER JOSEPH KORF

Father Joseph Korf will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination with two events. There will be an ice cream social after the 7 p.m. Mass July 12 at St. Michael Church, 280 1st Ave. S, Motley. A dinner and open house will follow the 10:30 a.m. Mass July 13 at Sacred Heart Church, 310 4th St. NE, Staples. To RSVP for the dinner, contact the Sacred Heart parish office at 218-894-2296 or sheart@arvig.net. All are welcome.

 


FATHER GERALD MISCHKE 

5bmischkeIn honor of Father Gerald Mischke’s 50th anniversary of ordination, he will celebrate two Masses of thanksgiving. At 9:45 a.m. June 1, he will celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud, followed by an outdoor reception until 1 p.m. At 10 a.m. June 22, Father Mischke will celebrate Mass at his hometown parish, St. Michael Church in Buckman, followed by a light luncheon in the parish hall until 2 p.m. Father Mischke requests no gifts.

 

 

 

 

 


FATHER EBERHARD SCHEFERS

5bschefersFather Eberhard Schefers will celebrate his 50th anniversary of his ordination with a Mass of thanksgiving at 10 a.m. June 8 at St. Joseph Church, St. Joseph, followed by an open house reception at the parish center (Heritage Hall) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome.