Sixty men gathered in beautiful St. John Parish, Leopold, on July 14, for Catholic Man Night, an evening of fellowship, food, and reflection for men. Bishop Edward M. Rice was also in attendance and offered encouragement and support of the gifts the bi-monthly Catholic Man Nights afford participants. Read more
A photo gallery of Fr. Dunn’s ordination may be found here.
Happy new priest wants to bring love to people
The diocese wrapped up its 2016 ‘ordination season’ on the evening of Fri., June 24—the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist—with the priestly ordination of Charles Dunn. The liturgy was held in the recently-renovated St. John Parish in Leopold, Fr. Dunn’s home parish. It was the second ordination of a diocesan priest this summer: Fr. David Baunach was ordained on May 28. Colby Elbert and Joseph Stoverink were ordained to the diaconate on June 10.
Fr. Dunn commented that as he entered the Church prior to his ordination, he was greeted by a contingency of diocesan priests. He was struck at how his ‘spiritual family’ was growing. Read more
St. John Parish has been the spiritual home of Catholics in Leopold since 1856. A rural community, with only one paved road coming into town, 375 families belong to the church.
Fr. David Coon serves as the pastor of the Leopold parish, as well as the 64 families at the 111-year-old St. Anthony Mission Church in Glennon, about 10 miles away.
The challenges of these small, rural parishes are many, but getting commitments to the Capital Endowment Campaign has not been one of them. In fact, both faith communities reached and exceeded their commitments well before the campaign concluded. Read more