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June 20 is ordination day for Deacons Lange and Rozier

The Northern Cross

Deacons Timothy Lange and Blake Rozier will be ordained to the priesthood on Friday, June 20, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, a year to the day after they were ordained transitional deacons. Mass begins at 4 p.m.

The two transitional deacons are also hosting a Holy Hour at the Cathe- dral the evening before in preparation for the ordination. Prayers will be led at the hour by Bishop Paul Sirba, beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 19.

Deacon Rozier, the son of Mark and Mary Rozier, comes from Holy Spirit Church in Virginia, and Dea- con Lange, the son of Greg and Mary Lange, is from St. Andrew’s in Brain- erd. Both studied at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul.

Each newly ordained priest will hold a Mass of Thanksgiving the following day, June 21, at his home parish.

After his ordination, Father Lange’s Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Andrew at 10:30 a.m. Father Rozier’s Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at Holy Spirit at noon.

There is no transitional deacon ordination this year.

June 20 is ordination day for Deacons Lange and Rozier

The Northern Cross

Deacons Timothy Lange and Blake Rozier will be ordained to the priesthood on Friday, June 20, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, a year to the day after they were ordained transitional deacons. Mass begins at 4 p.m.

The two transitional deacons are also hosting a Holy Hour at the Cathe- dral the evening before in preparation for the ordination. Prayers will be led at the hour by Bishop Paul Sirba, beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 19.

Deacon Rozier, the son of Mark and Mary Rozier, comes from Holy Spirit Church in Virginia, and Dea- con Lange, the son of Greg and Mary Lange, is from St. Andrew’s in Brain- erd. Both studied at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul.

Each newly ordained priest will hold a Mass of Thanksgiving the following day, June 21, at his home parish.

After his ordination, Father Lange’s Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Andrew at 10:30 a.m. Father Rozier’s Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at Holy Spirit at noon.

There is no transitional deacon ordi- nation this year.

Pope Francis praises ‘nobility’ of work

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News—Work is “both a gift and a duty,” Pope Francis told a United Nations labor agency in a message calling for an end to human trafficking and for greater concern for migrants and the unemployed, especially the young.

“At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it,” the pope said May 28 to the International Labor Conference. “Human labor is part of that creation and continues God’s creative work.”

Labor is “not a mere commodity” but has “its own inherent dignity and worth.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square before the Wednesday general audience Oct. 30, 2013.

The International Labor Conference is hosting its 103rd session from May 28 to June 12 in Geneva. The conference is sponsored by the International Labor Organization, a U.N. agency that aims to promote internationally recognized labor rights, employment opportunities, social protections and dialogue on work-related issues.

Pope Francis said that Catholic social teaching supports the organization’s initiatives that promote “the dignity of the human person and the nobility of human labor.”

Citing his 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), the pope said that it is only “through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive work that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their life.”

The pontiff voiced the Holy See’s appreciation for the organization’s contributions to increasing cooperation between governments, employers and workers.

The pope noted the problem of unemployment, particularly among the young who can easily become “demoralized” and feel “alienated from society.”

“Unemployment is tragically expanding the frontiers of poverty,” he said.

Pope Francis also spoke of mass migration as a cause for concern, noting “the sheer numbers of men and women forced to work away from their homelands.”

“Despite their hopes for a better future, they frequently encounter mistrust and exclusion, to say nothing of experiencing tragedies and disasters,” he said.

Migrant workers can be victims of the “globalization of indifference” and risk the “horror” of human trafficking, forced labor and enslavement.

“This cannot continue! Human trafficking is a scourge, a crime against the whole of humanity,” the pope said. “It is time to join forces and work together to free its victims and to eradicate this crime that affects all of us, from individual families to the worldwide community.”

He called for a “concerted effort to encourage governments to facilitate the movement of immigrants for the benefit of all” to help eliminate trafficking.

The pope also called for more cooperation and an expansion of solidarity throughout society.

He spoke of the need for a renewed insistence on human dignity, a “more determined implementation” of global labor standards, better development, and a “re-evaluation” of the responsibilities of international corporations.

The pope’s message concluded with a prayer: “I invoke God’s blessing on all that you do to defend and advance the dignity of work for the common good of our human family.”

Guy Ryder, director general of the International Labor Organization, delivered his own opening remarks at the conference May 28. He warned of the danger of mistreatment and abuse of migrant workers as well as the problems of forced labor. He spoke of the need to aid transitions from an “informal” economy to a “formal” economy with explicit labor standards.

Pope Francis says Holy Land visit aided Christian unity

Catholic News Agency — Pope Francis on Wednesday said his pilgrimage to the Holy Land fed the desire for Christian unity and he encouraged Catholics to pray that God may help “heal the wounds” that divide the faithful.

“I give thanks to God. He led me to that blessed Land, that has seen the historical presence of Jesus and where events fundamental to Judaism, Christianity and Islam took place,” the pope said in St. Peter’s Square May 28.

Speaking to thousands of pilgrims gathered for his Wednesday general audience, he reflected on his meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

At the tomb where Jesus Christ’s body was laid to rest and resurrected, he said, “we all felt the bitterness and suffering of the divisions that continue to exist between Christ’s disciples, and this has really done great harm, harm to the heart.”

Pope Francis described his encounter with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople as “the culmination of the visit,” recounting their prayers at the Holy Sepulchre with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, the Armenian Apostolic Patriarch Nourhan, archbishops and bishops from various churches, and many lay faithful.

“We are still divided; in that place, where the proclamation of the Resurrection resounds, where Jesus gives us life, we are still divided,” the pope said. “But above all, in that celebration so rich in mutual brotherhood, esteem and affection, we strongly heard the voice of the Risen Good Shepherd who wishes to bring together all His sheep in one flock; we felt the desire to heal the wounds that are still open and to follow with tenacity the path to full communion.”

“Once more, like my predecessors, I ask forgiveness for what we have done to promote that division, and I pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to heal the wounds we have inflicted on other brethren,” he said.

“We are all brothers in Christ, and with the Patriarch Bartholomew we are friends, brothers; we have shared the desire to walk together, to do what we are able to do today: to pray together, to work together for God’s flock, to seek peace and protect creation, the many things that we have in common.”

The pope explained to attendees at his general audience that the pilgrimage commemorated the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople.

“This prophetic gesture on the part of the Bishop of Rome and the Patriarch of Constantinople constituted a milestone in the arduous but promising path towards unity among all Christians, which has taken important steps since then,” he said.

Pope Francis also spoke about efforts to encourage peace in the region. He said peace is “both a gift from God and a commitment for humankind.”

He voiced “great compassion” for natives of the Holy Land, saying they have lived in war conditions “for too long.” He said he had encouraged Christians to make gestures of humility, fraternity and reconciliation.

“The [Holy] Spirit enables us to assume these attitudes in our daily life, with people of different cultures and religions, and to thereby become peacemakers,” the pope said. “Peace is crafted day to day, and with an open heart to allow God’s gift to enter.”

He praised Jordan’s effort to welcome war refugees and he voiced his encouragement for peace in Syria and a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pope Francis expressed the church’s gratitude for Christians in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, whom he called “courageous witnesses of hope and charity, ‘salt and light’ in the land.”

While he had hoped to be “the bearer of a word of hope,” he said he received hope from those who are refugees or suffer derision or discrimination because of their Christian faith.

“Let us stay close to them! Let us pray for them, and for peace in the Holy Land and in the Middle East,” he said, calling for prayers for full Christian unity “so that the world may believe in God’s love that in Jesus Christ came to live among us.”

Christian woman in shackles after ‘apostasy’ death sentence

Catholic News Agency — Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell.

Meriam Ibrahim (R) is pictured in this undated image with her husband Daniel Wani.

Via Catholic News Agency

Meriam Ibrahim (R) is pictured in this undated
image with her husband Daniel Wani.

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wrote a May 16 letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking that he give “full attention to the outrageous Sudanese court ruling that sentenced Meriam Yaha Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging for her religious beliefs.”

They urged “full diplomatic engagement” to secure the release of her and her son and to offer her political asylum.

Daniel Wani, a Christian and U.S. citizen, was not able to visit his wife Meriam until this week, according to Tina Ramirez, executive director of the U.S.-based religious freedom group Hardwired.

“Once he was able to, she was shackled and her legs were swollen,” Ramirez told Fox News.

Ibrahim, 26, is eight months pregnant. She is imprisoned with her 18-month-old son in a Sudanese jail after a May 15 court ruling convicted her of apostasy from Islam and adultery.

She is recognized as Muslim under Sudanese law because her father was Muslim. However, she was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother after her father abandoned the family. She was convicted of adultery because the law does not recognize marriages between Muslim women and Christian men.

Ibrahim rejected the charges and refused to renounce her faith, telling the court, “I am a Christian, and I never committed apostasy.”

According to reports, members of her father’s family reported her to authorities, claiming she had changed her name. They submitted documents they said proved she had been Muslim from birth.

Ibrahim’s attorneys, who are appealing the sentence, said the documents are forgeries.

Wani cannot have custody of his son because the boy is considered a Muslim and is not allowed to be in the custody of a Christian man.

The married couple has several businesses, including a farm, south of Khartoum. Wani has returned to Sudan from New Hampshire, where his brother Gabriel Wani also lives.

“I’m just praying for God. He can do a miracle,” Gabriel Wani told the New Hampshire news station WMUR. “Everyone is depressed. You don’t believe it. It’s shock.”

Ibrahim’s death sentence will not be carried out until she gives birth and finishes nursing her baby.

Her conviction has caused international outcry.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson on May 15 said the State Department is “deeply disturbed” by the death sentence. It urged the Sudanese government to “respect the right to religious freedom.”

“We call on the Sudanese legal authorities to approach this case with the compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people,” the spokesperson said.

Numerous lawmakers and human rights advocates have called for greater action by the U.S. government and international bodies.

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., a co-chair of the U.S. Congress’ International Religious Freedom Caucus, called on the State Department to express to the Sudanese government that such a human rights violation “will be taken extremely seriously” and that Sudan must follow its obligations under international treaties.

“Such blatant disregard for the value of human life — and religious freedom — is an indescribable disgrace,” he said May 15.

Senators Ayotte and Blunt asked Kerry and President Obama to reappoint an Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, saying this position’s primary purpose is to “monitor, prevent, and respond to this exact type of incident.” The ambassador position has been vacant since October 2013, when the previous ambassador stepped down.

A petition from the American Center for Law and Justice’s Be Heard Project calling for Ibrahim’s release has gathered more than 200,000 signatures.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a body that advises the U.S. government, strongly condemned the death sentence and called for Ibrahim’s immediate release.

“This case and the sentencing are a travesty for religious freedom and human rights in Sudan,” commission chairman Robert P. George said May 16.

“International attention to this case is critical to holding the Sudanese government accountable for its constitutional provisions and international commitments to protect and respect freedom of religion or belief not only for Mrs. Ibrahim, but all Sudanese, regardless of faith,” he stressed.

Since 1999, the U.S. State Department has agreed with the commission’s recommended designation of Sudan as a “country of particular concern” on religious freedom issues.

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., a co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, condemned the “draconian” sentence against the woman. He asked President Obama to appeal for Ibrahim’s release and offer her “safe haven.”

“The clock is ticking,” he said.

Vatican official sees ‘warming-up’ of Catholic-Orthodox relations

By Elise Harris
Catholic News Agency

A member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity affirmed the sentiments of many who believe that Catholic-Orthodox relations have improved in recent years, especially under Pope Francis

Father Gabriel Quicke

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Father Gabriel Quicke speaks with CNA on May 16.

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“When I look to what I hear about Pope Francis, and I remember when he was elected he spoke to the immense group of the faithful at St. Peter’s Square, I remember that he referred to the introduction of the letter of Ignatius of Antioch to the Christians of Rome,” Father Gabriel Quicke told CNA May 16.

“In his introduction in the letter to the Christians of Rome he speaks about the Church of Rome that is presiding in charity over the whole world of Christians, and Pope Francis used that expression,” he recalled: “The Church of Rome is presiding in charity over all the churches.”

“It was really a very important expression, and most appreciated by the Orthodox churches. This is a warming up for all of us.”

A former missionary in Lebanon, Father Quicke is a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity who works specifically with the Oriental Churches.

Out of the four separate dialogues the Oriental section maintains, the priest is in charge of three, which includes the whole of the Oriental Orthodox churches, the two Malankara churches (also known as the Indian or Syrian Orthodox), and the Asian church of the east.

What they are seeking to do through these ongoing dialogues, Father Quicke said, is to “put very important steps forward” in order to strengthen their bonds of unity with the Catholic Church.

He said there is only “one obstacle” preventing the full union of the Catholic Church with the orthodox churches, “the role of the pope, the Petrine ministry.”

“We realized that we have so many things in common; we are proclaiming the same faith, we have the same sacraments, we have the same ecclesial structure, and we realized that we have the same spiritual roots. Most of the churches also have an apostolic tradition,” he said.

Noting how great “fraternal dialogue” is already happening within the Orthodox churches of Constantinople and those of the Slavic tradition, Father Quicke admitted that “it is not easy” and that “we need a lot of patience and we try to establish an atmosphere of fraternity, brotherhood.”

Speaking of the upcoming encounter between Pope Francis and various patriarchs during his visit to the Holy Land later this week, Father Quicke said that this meeting is especially significant firstly because “it is a commemoration of that unbelievable meeting, that fraternal encounter between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras 50 years ago.”

Referring to it as “a milestone in the relationships of both churches,” the priest observed that “after a thousand years of excommunication that was a radical change.”

“And the fact that Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartolomeo of Constantinople will meet again 50 years after that historic meeting has a very important significance.”

“The fact that they meet each other in such an important place where Christ prayed for the unity of his disciples and where they would pray together,” he said, “is a sign that we have become closer to one another and that we both are engaged in putting further steps for unity.”

One of the things they are seeking to discuss during the trip is “looking together for a common date for Easter,” Father Quicke said, noting that “the fact that we don’t have the same date for the celebration of Easter is something painful.”

Regarding the future of the Catholic-Orthodox relationships, the priest said, “we can learn from them and they can learn from us,” but “with our human efforts we also have to pray for unity because Christian unity is not only the result of human efforts.”

“Ecumenical dialogue is not only discussing high theological issues. It is firstly to enter together into the prayer of Jesus that all may be one.”

Alan Holdren contributed to this piece.

Clergy Assignments effective in July

Effective July 16, Bishop Paul Sirba has made the following appointments and assignments.

Priests

Father Eammon Boland from pastor of Holy Angels, Moose Lake, to retirement.

Father Kristoffer McKusky from pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, International Falls, and St. Columban, Littlefork, to pastor of Holy Angels, Moose Lake.

Father Benjamin Hadrich from parochial vicar of St. John, Duluth, and St. Joseph, Gnesen, to pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, International Falls, and St. Columban, Littlefork.

Father John O'Donnell from pastor of Holy Spirit, Virginia; Sacred Heart, Virginia; and Sacred Heart, Mountain Iron, to retirement.

Father Brandon Moravitz from parochial vicar of St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pine, Pine Beach, to pastor of Holy Spirit, Virginia; Sacred Heart, Virginia; and Sacred Heart, Mountain Iron.

Father Jose Peringarapillil, MCBS, from pastor of St. Mary, Cook, and Holy Cross, Orr, to return to his religious order.

Father Drew Braun from parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, and St. Augustine, Cohasset, to pastor of St. Mary, Cook; Holy Cross, Orr; and St. Martin, Tower.

Father William Skarich from pastor of St. Anthony, Ely; St. Pius X, Babbitt; and St. Martin, Tower, to pastor of St. Anthony, Ely, and St. Pius X, Babbitt.

Father Dennis Hoffman from pastor of St. Cecilia, Nashwauk, and Mary Immaculate, Coleraine, to retirement.

Father Seth Gogolin, from parochial vicar of St. Anthony, Ely; St. Pius X, Babbitt; and St. Martin, Tower, to pastor of St. Cecilia, Nashwauk, and Mary Immaculate, Coleraine.

Father Anthony Wroblewski from pastor of St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to pastor of St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Father Daniel Weiske from parochial vicar of St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to pastor of St. Andrew, Brainerd, and St. Mathias, Fort Ripley.

Father Jon Wild from pastor of St. Elizabeth, Duluth, and St. Margaret Mary, Duluth, to retirement.

Father James Bissonette from pastor of St. James, Duluth, to pastor of St. James, Duluth; St. Elizabeth, Duluth; and St. Margaret Mary, Duluth.

Father Michael Garry from parochial vicar of Holy Spirit, Virginia; Sacred Heart, Virginia; and Sacred Heart, Mountain Iron, to parochial vicar of St. James, Duluth; St. Elizabeth, Duluth; and St. Margaret Mary, Duluth.

Father John Petrich from pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth, and Our Lady of Mercy, Duluth, to specialized ministry in hospital and law enforcement.

Father Peter Muhich from pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, to pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth; and Our Lady of Mercy, Duluth.

Father Elias Gieske from parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth, to parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth; and Our Lady of Mercy, Duluth.

In addition, Father William Graham has been appointed administrator of St. Michael, Duluth, effective May 1.

Deans

Bishop Sirba has also appointed deans from 2014 to 2018, effective July 16:

Brainerd deanery — Father Anthony Wroblewski

Cloquet deanery — Father Justin Fish

Duluth deanery — Father Seamus Walsh

Hibbing deanery — Father Gabriel Waweru

Virginia deanery — Father Steven Daigle

Deacons

Bishop Sirba made the following deacon assignments, also effective July 16:

Deacon Roger Marks from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. James, Aitkin; Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison; and Holy Family, Hillman.

Deacon David Brown from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Joseph Des Marais from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Thomas Freece from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Michael Knuth from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach.

Deacon Keith Grow from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Andrew, Brainerd, and St. Mathias, Fort Ripley.

Deacon Michael Koechler from St. Francis, Brainerd; St. Andrew, Brainerd; St. Mathias, Fort Ripley; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Pine Beach, to St. Andrew, Brainerd, and St. Mathias, Fort Ripley.

FRANCIS: THE PROBLEM OF CONFLICTS IS HOW TO FACE THEM

Pope PixVatican City, 18 May 2014 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father, as usual on Sunday, appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Regina Coeli with the faithful and pilgrims present in St. Peter's Square. The Pope commented on the day's Gospel reading from the Acts of the Apostles, and emphasized that in the early days of the Church there were tensions and disagreements. “In life, there are conflicts; the problem is how to face them. … Problems cannot be solved by acting as if they do not exist”.

Pope Francis talked about how the Apostles, when faced with difficulties, took control of the situation and therefore overcame their problems. “By sharing, discussing and praying, all problems in the Church can be resolved, with the certainty that gossip, envy and jealousy never lead to concord, harmony and peace. There too it was the Holy Spirit who crowned this understanding and this enables us to understand that, when we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, it leads us to harmony, unity and respect for different gifts and talents”. The Holy Father asked the Virgin Mary to “help us to be docile to the Holy Spirit, so that we might be mutually respectful and converge ever more deeply in faith and charity, with our hearts open to the needs of our brethren”.

Before concluding, the Holy Father asked those present to pray a Hail Mary for the victims of the floods in the Balkans and for all those who continue to work to overcome these moments of despair. The Pontiff also mentioned that today in the city of Iasi, Romania, Bishop Anton Durcovici, martyr to the faith, was proclaimed a Blessed. He greeted students from various Catholic schools, the voluntary associations celebrating the national Day for cancer patients, and all those present, wishing them a good Sunday.

Obituaries

Obituaries
May 2014
Father Radaich,
43 years a priest

Father Thomas M. Radaich, age 70, died Monday, April 21, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Father Tom was born April 4, 1944, in Duluth to Paul and Loretta (Hazelcamp) Radaich. He attended college at St. John’s University in Collegeville and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.; studied philosophy at Mount St. Paul College in Waukesha, Wis. and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paul Anderson at St. Cecilia Church in Nashwauk on June 5, 1970.

In his many years of faithful service Father Tom served at St. Joseph, Chisholm; the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Alice, Pequot Lakes; St. Christopher, Nisswa; Our Lady of Lourdes, Pine River; St. Leo, Hibbing; Our Lady of Snows, Bigfork; St. Augustine, Cohasset; St. Joseph, Grand Rapids and St. Michael, Duluth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Joseph. Father Tom is survived by his niece Beth Mercado, his nephew Paul Radaich and many cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was April 25 at St. Michael’s Church, Duluth. Burial is at Itasca Cemetery in Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be directed to CHUM (Churches United In Ministry) or United Catholic Appeal.

Father Bouchard,
former consultor

Father Thomas Bouchard, age 86, died in hospice at Windsor Assisted Living Facility in Cape Coral, Fla. He was born in Duluth on May 28, 1927, to Thomas and Muriel Bouchard. Father Bouchard attended Cathedral High School in Duluth then went on to college at Nazareth Hall in St. Paul and studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary.

Father Bouchard was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1953, by Bishop Thomas A. Welch at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth.

In his many years of faithful service Father Bouchard served at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Cloquet; Immaculate Conception, Hibbing; St. Joseph, Grand Rapids; missions in Holyoke and Bruno; St. Michael, Kerrick; St. Edward, Longville; St. Paul, Remer; St. Paul, Warba; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Coleraine; Sacred Heart, Hackensack; and St. Agnes, Walker. He also served as a senator/consultor for the Diocese of Duluth. He retired in 1993.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard Bouchard and brother-in-law Richard Bradley. Survivors include his sister Char (Bill) Henderson, his sister Joan Bradley and sister-in-law Leah Bouchard and many nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Lawrence Church, Duluth, on April 2.

Sister Mary Henry
dies at age 99

Sister Mary Henry Landsteiner (Henrietta), age 99, died on Feb. 25. Born on Oct. 13, 1914, in Fairfax, Minn., she was the daughter of Henry J. and Anna Mary (Buchl) Landsteiner. Sister Mary Henry was in her 79th year of Benedictine monastic life.

Henrietta Landsteiner entered St. Scholastica Monastery Aug. 28, 1932. She professed her triennial vows July 11, 1934, and her perpetual vows July 11, 1937. She received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the College of St. Scholastica.

Sister Mary Henry served with great dedication as an elementary school teacher and principal for 53 years; she began her teaching at St. Francis School in Brainerd in 1934. She taught grades two, three and four, leaving in 1940. She taught at Cathedral Elementary School in Duluth from 1940 to 1945 in grades two and three. Then she served at Our Lady of Sorrows in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1945 to 1955. Next she taught at St. Joseph School in Grand Rapids from 1955 to 1961. From 1961 to 1974, Sister taught at St. Leo School in Hibbing. There she taught first grade and served as principal from 1968 to 1974. She taught at St. Bridget’s School in Minneapolis from 1974 to 1984. From 1985 to 1987, Sister was a substitute teacher and worked with children who needed remedial teaching.

In July 1987 Sister returned to St. Scholastica Monastery, where she served as co-director on Benet Hall until 1994. She continued her ministry on Benet Hall as a staff member from 1994 to 2004 and then retired. Sister Mary Henry’s joyous nature and beautiful smile continued to brighten the day for those on Benet Hall, especially during activity sessions.

Sister Mary Henry was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe, and her sisters Florence Jenson, Katherine Haag, Delores Betzold, Lucille Worm and Sister Annabelle, OSB. She is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica, numerous friends, and family members.

A wake service was held for Sister Mary Henry March 3 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. The celebrant was Father Anthony M. Criscitelli, TOR, pastor of St. Bridget’s Parish, Minneapolis. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.

 

Local Life News Briefs May 2014

Local Life News Briefs
May 2014
Pro-life get-together

A pro-life get-together will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 610 99th Ave. W., Duluth. Call Tony Sheda at (218) 384-4734 for information.

Post-abortive ministry

Do you have a desire to help support others who are seeking healing after abortion? There is a short training scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The presenter is Deacon Ray Sampson, a retired clinical psychologist who had extensive experience with this in private practice. Please RSVP to (218) 262-3136 by May 5. Lunch will be provided.