Bishop announces priest retirements, assignments

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Bishop Walker Nickless has announced the retirement of four priests and the assignment of 38 priests.

Priest retirements effective June 27, 2017:

Father Armand J. Bertrand, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Sioux City, will retire.
A native of Sioux City, he attended Morningside College, earned a master’s in music at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion and completed seminary studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.
He was ordained to the priesthood on July 22, 1989, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
Father Bertrand has also served at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish and School, Storm Lake; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fonda; St. Columbkille Parish, Varina; Visitation Parish, Maryhill; St. John the Baptist Parish, Quimby; Immaculate Conception Parish, Cherokee and Holy Name Parish, Marcus. He also had served as the co-director of the permanent diaconate.

Father Steven W. Brodersen, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Halbur, Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton and Holy Angels Parish in Roselle, will retire.

A native of Ayrshire, after graduating from Ayrshire Consolidated School, he attended Peru (Neb.) State College  and St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 28, 1985, at St. Joseph Church, Milford.

Father Brodersen has served at Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Holy Angels Parish, Roselle; Kuemper Catholic High School, Carroll; Sacred Heart Parish, Templeton; St. Mary Parish, Auburn; St. Cecelia Parish, Algona; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City and Sacred Heart Parish, Boone.

Father Thomas J. Flanagan, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Milford, will retire.

This native of Rock Valley graduated from Rock Valley Community School before attending Loras College, Dubuque and Canisianum/University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria. He earned his master’s in music at St. Joseph College, Rennselaer, Ind. and his Ed.D./counseling from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

He was ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 25, 1974, in Innsbruck, Austria.

Father Flanagan has served at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Patrick Parish, Estherville; Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona and chaplain at Briar Cliff College, Sioux City. He also served outside of the Diocese of Sioux City as the rector of the Opus Spiritus Sancti Community in Koenigstein Mamolshain, Germany.

Father Andrew W. Hoffmann, pastor of Annunciation Parish in Coon Rapids, St. Joseph Parish in Dedham and St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Glidden, will retire.

This Carroll native graduated from Trinity Preparatory High School in Sioux City and attended Loras College in Dubuque and Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his master’s at Creighton University in Omaha and an Ed.S. from St. Thomas College at St. Paul, Minn.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1974, at Holy Spirit Church, Carroll.

Father Hoffmann has served at Sacred Heart Parish and St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; St. Mary Parish and High School, Storm Lake; St. Joseph Parish and Spalding Catholic High School, Granville; St. Rose of Lima Parish, Denison; St. Joseph Parish and Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; Sacred Heart Parish, Manning; Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Pocahontas and St. Margaret Parish, Rolfe. He also served as the assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Sioux City.

Two priest assignments are effective March 1, 2017:

Father William J. Vit Jr., rector of the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City and pastor at St. Boniface and St. Joseph Parishes in Sioux City, is released from diocesan ministry for service to the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, for a period of 12 years.

A native of Fort Dodge, he was educated at the University of Northern Iowa; Conception Seminary and North American College, Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 2005, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Prior to his service at Cathedral, he was parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Storm Lake.

Father Brent C. Lingle is assigned as rector of the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City and pastor of St. Boniface Parish and St. Joseph Parish in Sioux City while remaining responsible for the diocesan duties as currently assigned including, but not limited to, diocesan director of worship, episcopal master of ceremonies and director of pastoral planning.

This native of Sioux City was educated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minn., and St. Meinrad  (Ind.) School of Theology.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 16, 2007, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Lingle has also served at Sacred Heart Parish, Spencer and Cathedral.

Priest assignments effective June 27, 2017:

Father Richard A. Ball, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Ida Grove, St. Martin Parish in Odebolt and Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Holstein, is assigned pastor of St. Mary Parish in Danbury, St. Mary Parish in Mapleton, St. Mary Parish in Oto, St. Joseph Parish in Anthon and St. Mary Parish in Ute while remaining pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Ida Grove.
This native of Duncombe graduated from Immaculate Conception (Mo.) College and St. Paul Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1977, at St. Joseph Church in Duncombe.
Father Ball has served at Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Cecelia Parish, Algona; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. John Parish, Gilmore City; St. Margaret Parish, Rolfe; Assumption Parish, Merrill; St. Joseph Parish, Ellendale; faculty of Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; St. Mary Parish, Dow City; St. Boniface Parish, Charter Oak; St. Mary Parish, Ute; St. Joseph Parish and Spalding Catholic Schools, Granville.

Father Lynn A. Bruch, while remaining pastor of St. Mary Parish in Lake City, St. Joseph Parish in Lohrville and St. Mary Parish in Auburn, has been assigned pastor of St. Thomas Parish in Manson, St. Francis Parish in Rockwell City and St. Mary Parish in Pomeroy.

A native of Halbur, he attended Immaculate Conception (Mo.) Seminary, St. Paul Seminary and Sulpician Seminary – Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1986, at St. Augustine Church in Halbur.

Father Bruch has served at Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; St. Benedict Parish, Kossuth County; Sacred Heart Parish, Livermore; St. Joseph Parish, Wesley and Holy Trinity Parish in Webster County.

Father Craig A. Collison, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll and Holy Family Parish in Lidderdale, is assigned pastor of St. Mary Parish in Larchwood and Holy Name Parish in Rock Rapids.

This Boone native attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines and Loras College in Dubuque before completing seminary studies at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1978, at Sacred Heart Church in Boone.

Father Collison has served at St. Joseph Parish, Sioux City; St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Kuemper High School, Carroll; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; St. Joseph Parish, Struble; Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; St. Mary Parish, Remsen; St. Mary High School, Remsen; St. Mary Parish, Willey; St. Patrick Parish, Akron and Sacred Heart Parish, Sioux City.

Father Clement W. Currans, while remaining pastor of Holy Family Parish, Emmetsburg; Sacred Heart Parish, Ayrshire and Sacred Heart Parish, Ruthven, is assigned pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Graettinger.

This Graettinger native graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High School before attending Loras College in Dubuque and American College/Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium.

He was ordained on July 13, 1974, at Immaculate Conception Church in Graettinger.

Father Currans has served at St. Joseph Parish, Le Mars; Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; Sacred Heart Parish, Spencer; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. Joseph Parish, Duncombe; St. John Parish, Vincent; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorland; St. Joseph Parish, Granville; Spalding Catholic School, Granville and Sacred Heart Parish, Boone.

Father Joseph A. Dillinger, while remaining pastor of St. Mary Parish, Sac City; Sacred Heart Parish, Early and St. Joseph Parish, Wall Lake, is appointed pastor of St. Martin Parish, Odebolt.

 

A native of Sioux City, he attended St. Louis (Mo.) University and St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained on July 6, 1996, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

He has also served at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Holy Family Parish, Lidderdale; St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Glidden; St. Bernard Parish, Breda, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish; St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Maple River; St. John Parish, Arcadia and Holy Trinity Parish in Webster County.

Father Sunny Dominic, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Bancroft, Sacred Heart Parish in Ledyard and St. Mary Parish in Armstrong, has been assigned to St. Mary Parish, Hawarden and St. Patrick Parish, Akron.
This native of India was educated at Papal Athenaeum in Pune, India and Holy Spirit Fathers in Hyderabad, India. He was ordained on April 12, 1994, at St. Sebastian Church in Manjamattom, India.
He served as the manager of the Opus Press in Hyderabad, India; rector of the Holy Spirit Fathers’ Philosophy Study House in Janapet, Elura, India and has also served at Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll; St. Anthony Hospital, Carroll; Holy Trinity Parish, Webster County.

Msgr. R. Mark Duchaine, J.C.L., while remaining Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal, from pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Sioux City to pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Moville and St. Michael Parish in Kingsley.

This native of Sloan attended Morningside College, Sioux City; Loyola University, Los Angeles; St. Meinrad (Ind.) School of Theology and St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 21, 1978 at St. Joseph Church in Salix.

He has served at St. Cecelia Parish, Algona; St. Joseph Parish, Le Mars; Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; Assumption Parish, Merrill; St. John the Baptist Parish, Quimby; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Holstein; St. Mary Parish, Mapleton; St. Mary Parish, Oto; Assumption Parish, Merrill; St. Joseph Parish, Ellendale and St. Joseph Parish, Struble. Msgr. Duchaine has also served as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Sioux City as at the diocesan tribunal as the Defender of the Bond, Vice Judicial Vicar and as Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Affairs. He also previously served as the vice chancellor of the diocese.

Father Timothy A. Friedrichsen, while remaining pastor of St. Mary Parish in Storm Lake and St. Joseph Parish in Schaller, will serve as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Early.

A native of Schleswig, he attended Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa; St. Meinrad School of Theology and American College Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He also earned a graduate degree, S.T.D., from American College Catholic University of Louvain.

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 21, 1984, at St. Mary Church in Mapleton.

Father Friedrichsen has served at Holy Spirit Parish and Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Mary Parish, Willey; Briar Cliff College, Sioux City; Nativity Parish, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish, Struble; St. Rose of Lima Parish, Denison; St. Ann Parish, Vail; St. Mary Parish, Dow City; St. Boniface Parish, Charter Oak and St. Mary Parish in Ute. Outside the diocese, he served on the faculty at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Father Edward M. Girres, while remaining pastor of St. Cecelia Parish in Algona and St. Michael Parish in Whittemore, is assigned as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Bode.
A native of West Bend, he attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained on July 21, 1979 at American College, Catholic University of Louvain.
He has served at St. Bernard Parish, Breda; Kuemper High School, Carroll; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City; Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Dodge and moderator of Holy Trinity Parish in Webster County. He also served as the director of the Office of Youth Ministry and assistant superintendent of the Office of Religious Education.

Father Dan M. Greving, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Danbury, St. Mary Parish in Mapleton, St. Joseph Parish in Anthon and St. Mary Parish in Oto, is assigned pastor of St. Mary Parish, Alton; St. Joseph Parish, Granville and St. Anthony Parish in Hospers.
A native of Carroll, he was educated at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio and St. Joseph Seminary in Dunwoodie, N.Y.

He was ordained on June 7, 1997, at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll.
He has served at Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish, Wesley; Sacred Heart Parish, Livermore; St. Benedict Parish, Kossuth County; St. Joseph Parish, Neptune; Assumption Parish, Merrill; St. Joseph Parish, Ellendale and St. Joseph Parish, Struble.

Father Daniel C. Guenther, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Cherokee and Holy Name Parish in Marcus, has been assigned pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Holstein while remaining pastor in Cherokee.
A graduate of Loras College, Dubuque and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Father Guenther is a native of Sioux City.

He was ordained on May 29, 1982, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.
Father Guenther has served at Kuemper High School and St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; St. Paul Parish, Scranton; St. Joseph Parish, Jefferson; St. Brigid Parish, Grand Junction; Holy Family Parish, Emmetsburg; Sacred Heart Parish, Ruthven; Sacred Heart Parish, Ayrshire; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City and as the diocesan vocations director.

Father David A. Hemann, while remaining pastor of St. Michael Parish in Sioux City, is appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City.

A native of Fort Dodge, Father Hemann was educated at Loras College in Dubuque as well as North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained on July 20, 1985, at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge.

Father Hemann has served at Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll, St. Mary Church and School, Storm Lake; Sacred Heart Parish, Boone; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Anthony Parish, Hospers; Spalding High School, Granville; St. Cecilia Parish, Sanborn; St. Joseph Parish, Hartley; Sacred Heart Parish, Ida Grove; St. Martin Parish, Odebolt; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Holstein; St. Joseph Parish, Ellendale; and served for a year in music ministry offering parish missions.

Father Timothy A. Johnson, pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll and St. Mary Parish in Willey, is assigned pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Milford.

A native of Wesley, he attended North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and St. John’s Seminary in Collegeville, Minn.

He was ordained on June 12, 1993 at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Johnson has served at Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; St. Casimir Parish, Sioux City; St. Francis Parish, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Remsen; Spalding High School, Granville; St. Cecilia Parish, Sanborn; St. Joseph Church, Hartley and the parishes of Webster County.

Father Paul J. Kelly, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Denison; St. Ann Parish, Vail; St. Mary Parish, Dow City; St. Boniface Parish, Charter Oak; and St. Mary Parish, Ute; is assigned as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Manning, and Sacred Heart Parish in Manilla while remaining pastor at the parishes in Denison, Charter Oak, Dow City, Ute and Vail.

A native of Marathon, he attended Sioux Rapids Community Schools before attending Iowa State University, Ames and St. Paul Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1983, at St. Joseph Church, Sioux Rapids.

Father Kelly has served at Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; Immaculate Conception Parish, Graettinger; Assumption Parish/St. Thomas Parish, Emmetsburg; Holy Family Parish, Emmetsburg; St. Augustine Parish, Halbur; Holy Angels, Roselle; Assumption Parish, Coon Rapids; St. Elizabeth Seton, Glidden and Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City.

Father Douglas M. Klein, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Hawarden and Christ the King Parish in Sioux Center, is assigned pastor of St. Mary Parish in Rock Valley while remaining pastor in Sioux Center.
This native of Hospers attended Creighton University in Omaha and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
He was ordained to the priesthood on July 6, 1996, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.
Father Klein served at St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish and High School, Storm Lake; St. Mary Parish, Rock Valley and St. Patrick Parish, Akron.

Father Bruce A. Lawler, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Larchwood; Holy Name Parish, Rock Rapids and St. Mary Parish, Rock Valley, is assigned pastor of All Saints Parish in Le Mars and St. Joseph Parish in Ellendale.
A native of Clare, he attended Loras College in Dubuque and North American College Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 5, 1980, at St. Matthew Church in Clare.
Father Lawler has served at Holy Spirit Parish and Kuemper High School, Carroll; Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish, Schaller; St. Joseph Parish, Salix; Sacred Heart Parish, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Storm Lake and St. Joseph Parish, Schaller. He also served as director of the Office of Worship for the diocese.

Father Francis Makwinja, administrator of St. Joseph Parish in Sioux Rapids, Sacred Heart Parish in Laurens and St. Louis Parish in Royal, is assigned pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Sioux Rapids and pastor of Sacred Heart in Laurens and is relieved of his pastoral responsibility at St. Louis Parish in Royal.
Father Francis Makwinja was born in Malawi, Africa. After attending two seminaries, he was ordained in August of 1997.

Father Makwinja served as an associate pastor in one parish in Malawi before furthering his education in Kenya and teaching in a minor seminary. In November of 2011 he joined the staff of St. Joseph, Milford.

Father William A. McCarthy, while remaining pastor of St. Mary Parish in Remsen and St. Catherine Parish in Oyens, is assigned pastor of Holy Name Parish in Marcus.
A native of Hawarden, he is a graduate of South Dakota State University, attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and graduated from St. Meinrad  (Ind.) School of Theology. He was ordained on May 31, 2003, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.
Father McCarthy has also served at St. Joseph Parish, Struble; as a member of the team ministry serving the parishes of Le Mars and Plymouth County as well as team ministry serving the parishes of Webster County.

Father Steven J. McLoud, pastor of Nativity Parish in Sioux City, is assigned pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Bancroft; Sacred Heart Parish, Ledyard; St. Joseph Parish, Wesley and St. Benedict Parish, Kossuth County.

A native of Fort Dodge, he attended St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge, Loras College, Dubuque; St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Md. and Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1994, at Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City.

Father McLoud has served at Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll; Sacred Heart Parish, Boone; St. John Parish, Ogden; St. Columbkille Parish, Churdan and St. Paul Parish, Scranton.

Father Kevin M. Richter, pastor of All Saints Parish in Le Mars and St. Patrick Parish in Akron, has been assigned pastor of St. Lawrence and Holy Spirit Parishes in Carroll; St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Glidden, St. Joseph Parish in Dedham; Sacred Heart Parish in Templeton; St. John the Baptist Parish in Arcadia; St. Bernard Parish in Breda; St. Augustine Parish in Halbur; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish; Holy Family Parish in Lidderdale; St.Mary Parish in Willey and Annunciation Parish in Coon Rapids.

 

A native of Sheldon, this graduate of Spalding Catholic in Granville attended St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn. and American College/Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He earned a master’s from Creighton University in Omaha.

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 16, 1988, at St. Patrick Church in Sheldon.

Father Richter has served at St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; St. Anthony Parish, Hospers; Spalding High School, Granville; St. Mary Parish and High School, Remsen; St. Mary Parish, Hawarden and St. Boniface Parish, Sioux City.

Father Terry A. Roder, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Alton, St. Anthony Parish in Hospers, St. Joseph Parish in Granville and president of Spalding Catholic Schools, is assigned pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Sioux City.
This Remsen native attended Loras College, Dubuque and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He earned a master’s in education degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Father Roder was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1988, at St. Mary Church in Remsen.
He has served at Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; Nativity Parish, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Willey; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Joseph Parish, Granville; Spalding High School, Granville; St. Joseph Parish, Dedham; St. Joseph Parish, Struble; St. Joseph Parish and Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; St. Mary Parish, Danbury and St. Joseph Parish, Anthon.

Father Daniel J. Rupp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Sioux City, has been appointed pastor Immaculate Conception Parish and Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish in Sioux City.

A native of Cherokee, he attended Iowa State University in Ames and Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1998 by Bishop Kenneth Angell, Burlington, Vt., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington.

Father Rupp has served at St. Monica Parish and School in Barre, Vt.; Trinity Parish in Barton, Vt. (consisting of St. Paul Church in Barton, St. Theresa Church in Orleans, St. John Vianney Church in Irasburg, and St. John of the Cross Church in East Albany and St. Paul Catholic School in Barton); Christ the King – St. Anthony Parish in Burlington, Vt. (consisting of Christ the King Parish, St. Anthony Parish and Christ the King School). Two years ago he was released from service in the Diocese of Burlington and was granted priestly faculties in the Diocese of Sioux City and served as parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in Webster County.

Father Merlin J. Schrad, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Estherville and Immaculate Conception Parish in Graettinger, is assigned pastor of St. Mary Parish, Armstrong, while remaining pastor in Estherville.
Raised in Templeton and Wall Lake, he attended Loras College in Dubuque and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md. Father Schrad was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1977 at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton.
Father Schrad has served at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll, Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Mary Parish, Storm Lake; Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; St. Joseph Parish, Le Mars; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Mary Parish, Auburn; Holy Family Parish, Lidderdale and Blessed Sacrament Parish Sioux City.

Father William A. Schreiber, while remaining pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Spencer, is assigned as pastor of St. Louis Parish in Royal.

A native of Fort Dodge, he attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He also attended University of Dayton where he earned graduate degrees including M.S.Ed./Administration and Ed.S./Leadership. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1979, at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge.

Father Schreiber has served at St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; Sacred Heart Parish, Spencer; St. Mary Parish and High School, Remsen; St. Mary Parish and High School, Storm Lake; St. John the Baptist Parish, Quimby; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish and Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; St. John Parish, Arcadia; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Mary Parish, Danbury; St. Joseph Parish, Anthon; St. Mary Parish, Humboldt and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Gilmore City.

Father Timothy J. Boekelman, parochial vicar of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Denison; St. Ann Parish, Vail; St. Mary Parish, Dow City; St. Boniface Parish, Charter Oak; and St. Mary Parish, Ute; is assigned as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Manning, and Sacred Heart Parish in Manilla while remaining parochial vicar at the parishes in Denison, Charter Oak, Dow City, Ute and Vail.
This native of Algona was educated at Loras College, Dubuque; St. Meinrad (Ind.) School of Theology and Creighton University, Omaha.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1977, at St. Cecelia Church, Algona.
Father Boekelman has also served at Sacred Heart Parish, Spencer; St. Joseph Parish, Le Mars; Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; St. John the Baptist Parish and High School, Bancroft; Sacred Heart Parish, Ledyard; St. Benedict Parish, Kossuth County; Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; St. Joseph Parish, Struble; St. Mary Parish, Maurice; St. Joseph Parish, Neptune; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorland; Christ the King Parish, Dayton and St. Joseph Parish, Duncombe; St. Mary Parish, Lake City; St. Joseph Parish, Lohrville, St. Malachy Parish, Madrid; St. John Parish, Ogden; Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll and St. Mary Parish, Willey.

Father Brian H. Feller, parochial vicar at St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll and Holy Family Parish in Lidderdale and priest chaplain at Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll, is assigned parochial vicar of the parishes serving Carroll County, while remaining chaplain at Kuemper.

A native of Sibley, he attended Iowa State University, Ames; University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 24, 2015, at Cathedral.

Father Feller also served at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City.

Father John Gerald, administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Manning and Sacred Heart Parish in Manilla, is assigned to serve as parochial vicar for the parishes in Carroll County.
Father Gerald was born Aug. 17, 1957 and was ordained for service in the Diocese of Tuticorin, India, on April 14, 1982.
After serving in various offices and positions within his native diocese, Father Gerald came to the United States in June 2002 and served as parish priest in the Archdiocese of Boston for five years. He came to the Diocese of Sioux City in January 2007 and was originally assigned as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll and St. Mary Parish in Willey. He has served at St. Joseph Parish, Sioux Rapids; Sacred Heart Parish, Laurens and St. Louis Parish, Royal. He was elected to the diocesan presbyteral council in 2014 and was thereafter appointed to the office of vicar forane (dean) of the Central Deanery.

Father Shinoj Jose, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church in Milford, is assigned parochial vicar of the parishes serving Carroll County.

Father Jose, who had been a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Udaipur, India, was recently granted faculties of the Diocese of Sioux City and was appointed parochial vicar at St. Joseph Church, Milford, in February.

From the state of Kerala in southern India, he was ordained on May 12, 2010. After ordination, the priest of Opus Spiritus Sancti (OSS) worked as an assistant parish priest and also was appointed to train young seminarians. He then worked as a pastor in a small mission parish with two substations. 

Father Frank E. Lona, while remaining parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Storm Lake and St. Joseph Parish in Schaller as well as chaplain at St. Mary Schools in Storm Lake, is assigned parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Early.

A native of Baldwin Park, Calif., he attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. and completed seminary studies at St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary and St. Meinrad (Ind.) Seminary.

He was ordained on June 21, 2014 at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Lona has also served as parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in Webster County and chaplain of St. Edmond Catholic Schools in Fort Dodge.

Father Peter Duc Hung Nguyen, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Wesley, St. Benedict Parish in Kossuth County and St. Joseph Parish, in Bode, is assigned parochial vicar of Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City with particular regard for the Vietnamese-speaking community, and as parochial vicar of St. Boniface and St. Joseph Parishes in Sioux City.
He was born in Vietnam and then his family moved to Boone. He was educated at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa and St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary.

He was ordained June 7, 1997, at Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll.
Father Nguyen also served at Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll; Holy Family Parish, Lidderdale; St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Glidden; Sacred Heart Parish, Ruthven and Sacred Heart Parish, Ayrshire.

Father Bradley C. Pelzel, administrator at Immaculate Conception Parish in Moville and St. Michael Parish in Kingsley, while remaining vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Diocese of Sioux City, is assigned parochial vicar of St. Michael and Blessed Sacrament Parishes in Sioux City.

A native of Maquoketa, Iowa, he was educated at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.; St. Meinrad (Ind.) Seminary; North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood on Aug. 10, 2002 at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Pelzel has served in team ministry at Corpus Christi, Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart Parishes in Fort Dodge; St. Matthew, Clare; St. Joseph, Barnum; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorland; St. Joseph, Duncombe and Christ the King, Dayton (now Holy Trinity Parish of Webster County). He also served as diocesan director of vocations.

 

Father Mark J. Stoll, J.C.L, pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Breda, St. John Parish in Arcadia and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, is assigned to serve as parochial vicar of the parishes serving Carroll County.

This Hospers native attended Loras College, Dubuque and St. Meinrad (Ind.) School of Theology. He also completed canon law studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1992, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Stoll has served at St. Mary Parish, Storm Lake; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. Joseph Parish, Schaller; St. Joseph Parish, Neptune; Assumption Parish, Merrill; St. Joseph Parish, Ellendale; Immaculate Conception Parish, Moville; St. Michael Parish, Kingsley; St. John Parish, Onawa; St. Joseph Parish, Salix and St. Bernard Parish, Blencoe. He has also served as a judge with the diocesan tribunal and vice chancellor of the diocese.

Father Jeremy J. Wind, while remaining parochial vicar of St. Cecelia Parish in Algona and St. Michael Parish in Whittemore, to parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Bode.

This native of Jefferson was educated at Iowa State University, Ames; Conception (Mo.) Seminary College and St. Meinrad (Ind.) School of Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Wind has also served at St. Mary Parish, Storm Lake; St. Joseph Parish, Schaller; St. Mary Parish, Hawarden; St. Mary Parish, Rock Valley; St. Patrick Parish, Akron; Christ the King Parish in Sioux Center and St. Mary Parish, Spirit Lake.

Following their ordination to priesthood June 3, 2017 and effective June 27, 2017:

Rev. Mr. Andrew Galles is assigned as parochial vicar of the Cathedral of the Epiphany, St. Boniface Parish and St. Joseph Parish in Sioux City.

A native of Remsen, he attended Iowa State University, Ames and is completing studies at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver.

Rev. Mr. Matthew Solyntjes is assigned as parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish and Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Parish in Sioux City.

A native of Sibley, he attended Iowa State University and is completing seminary studies at St. Meinrad (Ind.) School of Theology.

Along with Father Vit, another priest has been released from diocesan ministry for service outside of the Diocese of Sioux City. Effective June 27:

Father J. David Esquiliano-Diaz, administrator of St. Thomas Parish in Manson, St. Mary Parish in Pomeroy and St. Francis Parish in Rockwell City, is assigned to post graduate studies of canon law for a period of two years at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy.

A native of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico, he attended the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in Queretaro, Mexico and the Universidad de Quintana Roo in Chetumal as well as seminary studies at Conception (Mo.) Seminary College and the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

He was ordained on June 29, 2013 at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Esquiliano-Diaz has also served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Storm Lake and St. Joseph Parish in Schaller and chaplain of St. Mary Schools in Storm Lake.

(Bios compiled by Renee Webb)

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