Priests celebrate anniversaries
Seven priests serving in the Diocese of Sioux City are celebrating jubilees this year.
Father Paul D. Bormann and Father David A. Hemann mark 25 years, Msgr. Roger J. Augustine and Father D. William Wingert celebrate 50 years, Father Robert A. Thiele and Msgr. Richard E. Zenk mark 55 years and Father Cecil H. Friedmann is celebrating 60 years of priestly service. In addition to these priests, Bishop Lawrence D. Soens is marking his 60th anniversary.
The jubilarians will be honored at a Mass slated for 4:30 p.m. on May 3 at St. Mary Church in Storm Lake. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop R. Walker Nickless.
Father Bormann, pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Bancroft and Sacred Heart Parish in Ledyard, was born Jan. 16, 1959, to Donald and Camilla Bormann. A native of Lu Verne, he graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona. He attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1985, at St. Benedict Church in St. Benedict.
Father Bormann has served at Corpus Christi Parish and St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; St. Mary Parish, Willey; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Joseph Parish, Wesley, while attending St. Benedict Parish; and Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona.
Father Hemann, pastor at Our Lady Good Counsel Parish in Holstein, Sacred Heart Parish in Ida Grove and St. Martin Church in Odebolt, a native of Fort Dodge, was born Aug. 16, 1959, to Roman and Dorothy Hemann. He graduated from Corpus Christi School and St. Edmond High School. He attended Loras College in Dubuque and North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood on July 20, 1985, at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge.
Father Hemann has served at Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll; St. Mary Parish and St. Mary High School, Storm Lake; Sacred Heart Parish, Boone; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Anthony Parish, Hospers; Spalding High School, Granville; and St. Cecilia Parish, Sanborn, while attending St. Joseph Parish in Hartley. He also served in music ministry/parish missions for the Diocese of Sioux City. Outside of the diocese, he served at Little Hermitage Priory in the Diocese of Little Rock.
Msgr. Augustine was born on Sept. 23, 1932, the son of Joseph and Alvina (Schilmoeller) Augustine of Geddes, S.D. This retired priest of the diocese resides in Sioux City. He attended St. Ann School in Geddes, St. Mary’s in Remsen and Holy Name School in Marcus. He graduated from Loras College, Dubuque and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also earned his M.S. in education from Creighton University in Omaha.
He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 20, 1959, by Bishop Martin J. O’Connor in the chapel at North American College in Rome. He received the Prelate of Honor in 1988.
Msgr. Augustine served at Assumption Parish and Emmetsburg Catholic High School, Emmetsburg; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Joseph Parish, Struble, while attending in Maurice; Gehlen Catholic School, Le Mars; St. Joseph Parish, Schaller; St. Mary High School, Storm Lake; Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll; St. Joseph Parish, Milford; Nativity Parish, Sioux City; Immaculate Conception Parish, Moville and Blessed Sacrament Church, Sioux City. He also served as a vicar forane/dean, on the College of Consultors, as a judge in the Tribunal, as vicar general and chancellor. From March of 2004 to Jan. 20, 2006, he served as administrator for the Diocese of Sioux City during the sede vacante following the appointment of Bishop Daniel N. DiNardo, now cardinal, to Galveston-Houston.
Father Wingert was born Dec. 1, 1933, to Robert and Thecla (Babbitt) Wingert of Dayton. This retired priest of the diocese resides in Hartley. He was raised in Duncombe and graduated from Duncombe Public School. He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1960, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
Father Wingert served at Sacre Heart Parish, Ruthven; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City; Sacred Heart Parish, Spencer; St. Joseph Parish, Neptune; Gehlen Catholic School, Le Mars; Sacred Heart Parish, Ledyard; St. John the Baptist School, Bancroft; St. Mary Parish, Pomeroy, while attending Palmer; Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Fonda; Holy Angels Parish, Roselle; St. Joseph Parish, Kossuth County; St. Mary Parish, Rock Valley, while attending Alvord; and St. Boniface Parish, Charter Oak, while attending Ute.
He retired in 1993.
Father Thiele was born on Dec. 25, 1925, to Frank and Anna (Schulte) Thiele of Breda. This retired priest of the diocese resides in Lake City. He was raised in Ashton and graduated from St. Joseph High School, Loras College, Dubuque and Mount St. Bernard Seminary, Dubuque.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1955.
Father Thiele served at St. Joseph Parish, Carroll; Kuemper High School, Carroll; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Cecelia Parish, Algona; Sacred Heart Parish, Ledyard; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorland; St. Boniface Parish, Charter Oak; St Mary Parish, Ute; St. Mary Parish, Danbury and St. Mary Parish, Lake City.
He retired in 1997.
Msgr. Zenk, a native of Alton, was born May 10, 1927 to Michael and Margaret (Engeldinger) Zenk. He presently serves as pastor at St. Patrick’s in Akron, a defender of the bond at the diocesan tribunal, is director of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith and is the executive secretary-treasurer for Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. He was raised in Alton and graduate from St. Mary School. He attended St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., and North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome. He received his J.C.D. at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 8, 1954, at North American College in Rome. He received Papal Honors: Chaplain of His Holiness in 1975.
He has served at St. Mary Parish, Willey; Chancery Office, Sioux City (special assignment); St. Anthony’s Home, Sioux City; St. Vincent Hospital, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Rock Valley, while attending Alvord; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Sioux City; St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Sioux City; and St. John Parish, Onawa, while attending Blencoe. He also served as vice chancellor for the diocese and as officialis for the Tribunal.
Father Friedmann, a retired priest of the diocese who resides in Algona, was born on Nov. 21, 1925 to Jacob and Catherine (Schneider) Friedmann of Alton. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Alton; Trinity College, Sioux City and St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Md. He also earned a master’s in education from Creighton in Omaha.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950.
Father Friedmann served at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Carroll; Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; Assumption Parish, Coalville; Sacred Heart Parish, Boone; St. James Parish, Le Mars; Gehlen Catholic School, Le Mars; Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona; St. Ann Hospital, Algona; St. Patrick Parish, Sheldon; St. Cecilia, Sanborn and Spalding High School, Granville.
He retired in 1995.
Bishop Lawrence D. Soens, retired Bishop of Sioux City, was born on Aug. 26, 1926, in Iowa City. He is the son of Emiel and Hermine (VanderMeersch) Soens. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Iowa City, Loras College in Dubuque, St. Ambrose College in Davenport and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He also earned a master’s from the University of Iowa.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1950, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport. He was appointed Bishop of Sioux City on June 21, 1983 and his episcopal ordination was Aug. 17, 1983 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.
In the Diocese of Davenport, he served at St. Paul Parish, Burlington; St. Ambrose Academy, Davenport; St. Bridget Parish, Victor, Iowa; Regina High School, Iowa City; St. Ambrose Minor Seminary and St. Ambrose College, Davenport; Assumption Parish, Charlotte, Iowa; and St. Mary Parish, Clinton.
He served as Bishop of Sioux City from 1983 until his retirement in 1998.