Compiled by Julie Pravecek
5 years ago – 2013
VATICAN CITY – Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27.
CARROLL – Residents, staff, family and friends gathered Sept. 29 to note the 50th anniversary of St. Anthony Nursing Home. On hand to celebrate Mass were Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City, who both used the occasion to garner smiles from the congregation.
10 years ago – 2008
Sioux City – Byron Stone of Wall Lake, William Black of Algona, David Brown of Boone and Gary Schon of Glidden stood before Bishop Walker Nickless after they were called forward and chosen for ordination. The bishop ordained the four men to the permanent diaconate on Oct. 4 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
SIOUX CITY – On Oct. 4, Father Al McCoy celebrated his last Mass before retiring as auxiliary chaplain of the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa National Guard in Sioux City. While his decade of chaplain service to the unit didn’t include “safaris or stuff like that,” Father McCoy said he still enjoyed celebrating Mass for the service men and women once a month.
25 years ago – 1993
SIOUX CITY – Recent groundbreaking ceremonies at Nativity Parish in Sioux City’s Morningside area heralded the beginning of the first construction of a Catholic educational facility in the city in 31 years. The last facility, Sacred Heart Parish school on Military Road, wad dedicated on Sept. 9, 1962.
DIOCESE – This year’s diocesan youth rally is a continuation of the enthusiasm generated through World Youth Day held this summer in Denver, says Father Ed Girres, director of youth ministry for the diocese. “The enthusiasm for this is high because of World Youth Day,” Father Girres says. Different events have given students the opportunity to make connections with other young Catholics from around the diocese, and the youth rally, which will be held Oct. 31 at Carroll Kuemper High School, is another fun and educational opportunity to get together, he says.
70 years ago – July 1950
FORT DODGE – The history of Catholicism in Northwest Iowa has been enriched and greatly effected by Corpus Christi parish here which spans nearly a century of spiritual leadership and achievement. Pastor of the parish is Rt. Rev. Msgr. T. J. Davern, head of the Fort Dodge deanery and Vicar General of the Sioux City diocese.
BREDA – Sister Mary Humiliana of LaCrosse, Wis., is visiting relatives here. She is a sister of Mrs. Chris Pick, Mrs. Joe Wente, Mrs. Anna Damm, and of Mrs. Caroline Schoo of Ashton, who is visiting here also.