Parish profile: Holy Family, Belle Prairie

The first Mass was celebrated in the Belle Prairie area in 1838. In 1852 local Catholics started to lay the foundation of the parish. In 1855 a log chapel was constructed, and in 1877 Holy Family Church was built. It was registered as a corporation in 1898. The parish has 440 families and 1,057 parishioners….

Central Minnesota TEC boasts highest participation in U.S.

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully On a whim, Stephanie Loecken decided to sign up for a Together Encountering Christ weekend in Belle Prairie. When she arrived, she was nervous. She confided in her friend who was also participating and preferred individual projects to group activities. As the weekend progressed, however, she grew close to the others attending and…