The Courier - August 2021

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Prevent Taxpayer-Funded Abortion A Letter from

A Message from Bishop John M. Quinn Bishop Quinn Regarding Traditionis Custodes The following letter was published July 19, 2021, by the Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester, in response to the proposed elimination of the Hyde Amendment from the federal budget. First passed in 1976, the Hyde Amendment bans the use of federal funding to pay for abortions through Medicaid.

�ear Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Religious and

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am asking our Catholic Community in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to support the efforts to retain the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. Efforts are underway in Congress to pass legislation that would exclude the Hyde Amendment and fund abortion by the federal government. Abortion is a direct attack on human life. Please watch the 30 second video1 about the Hyde Amendment from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. I encourage all people to watch and sign the petition at www.notaxpayerabortion.com2 and make known this important pro-life effort through your personal social media accounts. Sincerely in Christ,

+ John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona-Rochester

The following letter was published July 16, 2021, by the Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester, in response to Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Letter containing updated regulations for the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

1. The USCCB's video can be viewed on: Facebook videos/342272257528603/ Twitter 1415733147103285253 2. is the USCCB's website containing a petition to preserve the Hyde Amendment, as well as related informational and prayer resources. The above-mentioned video is not located on this website.

�ear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, our Holy Father Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter moto proprio, titled Traditionis custodes, concerning new regulations governing the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (often called "Traditional Latin Mass" or the "Tridentine Mass.") In it, the Holy Father reminded us of the real treasure that is the Church's liturgical prayer, and how we must always strive to reverence and care for this gift that has been handed down to us over countless generations. This document envisions a more Traditionis Custodes, cont'd on pg. 2

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2 cont'd from pg. 1 focused use of the Extraordinary Form. I understand that this may be disappointing to some of the faithful in our Diocese. However, my hope as your Bishop is that this Apostolic Letter will be received in the spirit of unity that Pope Francis intends. Please be assured of my continued pastoral concern for those who maintain a special sense of attachment to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. As is provided for in Traditionis custodes, I am appointing a Vicar for the

Officials Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester, announces the following: Pastor Rev. Msgr. R. Paul Heiting: reappointed Pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in Fulda, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Currie, and St. Anthony Parish in Westbrook, for a three-year term, effective August 1, 2021. Rev. Msgr. Gerald Kosse: reappointed Pastor of St. Leo Parish in Pipestone, St. Joseph Parish in Jasper, and St. Martin Parish in Woodstock, for a one-year term, in addition to his assignment as Pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Luverne, effective June 30, 2021. Rev. John Kunz: reappointed Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Mankato for a oneyear term, effective June 16, 2021. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Melvin: currently Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Rushford, St. Peter Parish in Hokah, and St. Mary Parish in Houston; in addition to his current assignments, appointed to the Office of Pastor of Immaculate

Extraordinary Form to ensure that the spiritual needs of these members of the faithful are adequately met. I, along with our priests and Diocesan staff, will continue to study this document, so that we may make suitable long-term arrangements for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. Sincerely in Christ,

+ John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona-Rochester

Conception Parish in Wilson for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Timothy Reker: reappointed Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Mankato for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

Rev. Kevin Stolt, IVE: appointed Parochial Vicar at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato, effective August 1, 2021. Canonical Administrator

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Rev. Swaminatha Pothireddy: appointed Canonical Administrator of Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Owatonna, effective June 11, 2021.

Rev. Mr. Michael Churchill: ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 11, 2021; appointed to diaconal ministry at Resurrection Parish in Rochester, effective June 11, 2021.

Very Rev. Raúl Silva: reappointed Pastor of Queen of Angels Parish in Austin for a six-year term, effective July 1, 2021. Parochial Vicar

Resignation Very Rev. William Thompson: currently Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Lewiston, St. Anthony Parish in Altura, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Wilson; resigned as Pastor of

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Parish Administrator Deacon John Hust: currently Director of the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and serving in diaconal ministry at St. Felix Parish in Wabasha and St. Agnes Parish in Kellogg; in addition to his current assignments, appointed to serve as Parish Administrator of St. Felix Parish in Wabasha and St. Agnes Parish in Kellogg, effective June 25, 2021.

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Immaculate Conception Parish in Wilson, while remaining in his other assignments, effective July 1, 2021.

Articles of Interest

College of Consultors Rev. Michael Cronin: reappointed to the College of Consultors for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021. Very Rev. Mark McNea: reappointed to the College of Consultors for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

The Church Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel. Pension Plan for Priests Mr. Thomas Crowley: reappointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester Pension Plan for Priests Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2021. Rochester Catholic Schools Mr. Michael Cook: appointed to the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Melissa Saunders: appointed to the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2021.

Child Abuse Policy Information The Diocese of Winona-Rochester will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507-454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona-Rochester is committed to protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web site at under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona-Rochester’s implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Mary Hamann at 507-858-1244, or

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A Eucharistic Revival

Bishop John M. Quinn

�ear Friends in Christ,

Teaching on the Eucharist

In recent years, there has been increasing concern among the bishops in the U.S., over the declining faith of Catholics in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ and is the center of our faith. However, as we face an increasingly secular culture with a growing number of “Nones” – those with no religious affiliation – we find that more and more Catholics do not know that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. In order to help Catholics come to a more thorough and accurate understanding of the Eucharist, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), at its June 2021 meeting, decided to draft a comprehensive teaching document on the Eucharist. This document will clearly lay out the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist, demonstrate how the Eucharist is central to our

Bishop's Calendar

Eucharistic Revival

In addition to the teaching document, the bishops also voted to embark upon a threeyear “Eucharistic Revival” that will start next year. This movement was inspired in part by the 2019 PEW study that found only 31% of Catholics believe the Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Christ. That sobering reality, along with declining Mass attendance,

August 1, Sunday 8:30 a.m. - Mass in honor of Sr. Lauren Weinandt’s, OSF 100th Birthday - St. Marys Hospital Chapel August 2, Monday 5 p.m. - Premier Bank Golf Outing Dinner - Owatonna August 18, Wednesday 1 p.m. - Higher Education Working Group Conference Call 7 p.m. - Confirmation - St. Charles Borromeo Church, St. Charles August 19, Thursday 10:32 a.m. - Real Presence Radio Guest 1 p.m. - Holy Hour 2 p.m. - Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting

pointed to the need for an increased focus on catechesis on the Eucharist. The effects of COVID and months without public Masses only served to heighten the need to educate Catholics on the centrality of the Eucharist and the importance of coming back to Mass. This revival will begin next summer, at the diocesan level. The second year – summer 2023-summer 2024 – will focus on parishes, where people can encounter Jesus Christ on a personal level through opportunities such as Adoration, Reconciliation, and small groups. The third and final year will likely involve a national event, at the end of which “Eucharistic Missionaries” will be sent back to their parishes to continue the ongoing work of building up Eucharistic faith and devotion in their local Church. The goal of this revival is much more than an increased “head knowledge” of the teachings of the Church, or increased Mass attendance, although those will hopefully be results of this initiative. Even more importantly, however, is for people to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and experience His love for them. Our Triune God offers us His greatest gift in His Son, whose death and resurrection saves us from our sins and opens to us the gates of heaven. In the Eucharist Christ offers Himself to us completely and intimately, and it is my hope that many regular Mass goers, fallen away Catholics, and those who are not Catholic or have no faith at all, can come to experience Jesus Christ’s powerful love and presence in the Eucharist. Ministry Day and Catechetical Day

Our annual diocesan Ministry Days is normally a two-day event at St. Mary’s University

August 20, Friday 4 p.m. - Blessing of New Cotter School Building - St. Teresa’s Campus, Winona

August 21, Saturday 12 p.m. - Day of Prayer with DOW-R Seminarians - IHM Seminary, Winona 5:15 p.m. - Mass with Rite of Candidacy for Seminarians Isaiah Olsem, Benjamin Peters and Timothy Welch - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona August 22, Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Centennial Mass & Celebration - Sacred Heart Church, Heron Lake 6:30 p.m. - Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Annual Gala Dinner - Sioux Falls, SD

in Winona, gathering clergy and laity from parishes around the diocese to listen to keynote speakers and spend time together in prayer and fellowship. After cancelling last year’s Ministry Days due to COVID, we are now bringing it back, but in a slightly different format this year. On August 26, we will be holding a oneday Ministry Day, immediately followed by Catechetical Day on August 27. Both Ministry Day and Catechetical Day will feature Deacon Keith Strohm of M3 Ministries, speaking on “Building a Culture of Discipleship.” The message during Ministry Day will be tailored toward parishes, while Catechetical Day will focus on discipleship in the context of schools and catechetical programs. Both events may either be attended in person in Rochester (Ministry Day at Resurrection Parish and Catechetical Day at Lourdes High School) or via livestream, and there is also the option for Ministry Day to attend in-person with others on the western side of our diocese, at a “satellite” site in Adrian. As people are returning to parishes after COVID, this is an opportune time to evaluate and assess how our parishes and schools are creating a culture of discipleship, and how we as a Church can live out the Gospel and bring others into a relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information on Ministry Day or Catechetical Day, you can visit the event section of our diocesan website, www.dowr. org, or contact Susan Windley-Daoust (507858-1277 or swindley@ , Todd Graff (507-858-1270 or tgraff@, or Marsha Stenzel (507-858-1269 or

August 23, Monday 8 a.m. - Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Travelers Mass - Sioux Falls, SD

August 24, Tuesday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Sexual Identity Training for Catholic School Administrators & Staff Lourdes High School, Rochester August 25, Wednesday 1 p.m. - Higher Education Working Group Conference Call 5:30 p.m. - Prayer Service & Affiliation Ceremony for Bishop Quinn - De La Salle Christian Brothers Residence, St. Mary’s University, Winona August 26, Thursday 9 a.m. - Mass - Diocesan Ministry Day Resurrection Church, Rochester



As our seminarians end their summer assignments and prepare to transition into a new school year, we will be celebrating a few important steps in their formation. For our three seminarians who will be starting their theological studies this fall, we will be holding the Rite of Candidacy, during which Tim Welch, Isaiah Olsem, and Ben Peters will officially become candidates for holy orders. This rite will be held during the Saturday, August 21, 5:15 pm Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. The following weekend, during the Sunday, August 29, 10:30 am Mass, also at the Cathedral, Brian Klein, Nick Gawarecki, and Adam Worm will be installed as lectors and Ezra Lippert will be installed as an acolyte. These men will then continue on in their theology studies for priestly formation. Please keep them and all our seminarians in your prayers. Blessed are you!

From the Bishop

Rejoice in Hope

lives as Catholic Christians, and convey the importance that our lives be consistent with the faith we profess. Unfortunately, this document has been grossly misunderstood and mischaracterized by the secular media and has been the source of much confusion. Contrary to popular headlines, the document was not, and was never intended to be, about denying anyone Communion. The matter of whether one should present himself to Communion is a matter to be handled between the individual and his pastor or, if necessary, his bishop, but there were never any plans to draft a national statement or policy on who should be permitted to receive Communion. Indeed, the vast majority of the document will serve to explain the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the gift of the Eucharist. These are beliefs that have been held by Catholic Christians since the time of Christ, and it is always important to explain them anew for the next generation. The concept of “Eucharistic coherence,” which has garnered such a firestorm of debate, applies to all Catholics. Everyone who professes to be Catholic is obliged to act and speak in a way that upholds Catholic faith and morals, lest they cause scandal by their actions.

Sincerely in Christ,

+ John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona-Rochester

August 26-28, Thursday-Saturday Region VIII Bishops Provincial Meeting - St. Paul August 28, Saturday 5:15 p.m. - Confirmation - St. Theodore’s Church, Albert Lea August 29, Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Mass and Rite of Institution of Lector for DOW-R Seminarians Nicholas Gawarecki, Brian Klein and Adam Worm and Rite of Institution of Acolyte for DOW-R Seminarian Ezra Lippert - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona

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Discipleship Formation for Young Adults

Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. -1 Timothy 4:12

�reetings of Peace, Friends in Christ!

When I arrived in Winona in July of 1990 to begin my work in the diocese, I was 29 years old. (And, if you’re doing the math, you would know that I recently turned 60 years old.) I was, then, part of the “young adult” demographic – understood by our Church as “men and women in their late teens, twenties, and thirties” (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops). Now, some 31 years later, I have long since “aged out” of this demographic category. But, I do have six children who are all young adults – ranging in age from 18-29. Much has changed in the Church over these past 30 years. The emergence of “World Youth Day” gath-

Pete Burak (director of the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries) explains in a recent video, The Young Adult Ministry Death Cycle, that the millennial generation is asking three big questions: “Who am I?” “Where do I belong?” “What is my Purpose?” As a member of the millennial generation I resonate with searching for the answers to these questions and am grateful to have had the Catholic Faith to help me in this journey. However, that wasn’t always the case. As someone who lived a life with little faith before becoming Catholic at the age of 22, I am aware of how hard it is to find the true and meaningful answers to these questions, and how the many quick-fix answers that we are presented with from society can make this search daunting and unfulfilling. Having experienced this quest both with a faith to rely on and without it, it saddens me to know that one out of four of my peers is seeking for these same answers without the context of faith or the Church to guide and support them. Our “ILF 4:12” initiative proposes that the Catholic Faith has meaningful answers to the questions many young adults are asking in their lives, and it seeks to provide a supportive learning environment where millennials can come together and explore the question of what it means to be a disciple in this modern time. The Church needs disciples, and disciples need leaders filled with the Holy Spirit. The ILF 4:12 initiative seeks to provide both. -Camille Withrow, diocesan staff & ILF 4:12 leadership team member

Lay Formation

Todd Graff

Director of Lay Formation & RCIA

erings, begun during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II and continued by his successors, has brought a vibrancy to the faith of many of our young people throughout the world. The World Youth Day held in Denver, CO, in 1993, has had a deep and lasting impact on the Church in the United States and on the faith lives of countless (then) young people who participated in the event. But, other things have changed in less positive directions. The assumption prevalent in my younger years that people may drift away from the faith in their college years only to return after being married and starting families no longer holds. Countless of our young people do, indeed, still drift away in their teens and early 20s, but far fewer now return to an active practice of the faith during their young adult years (or later). The trend of “disaffiliation” from church membership among all age groups, but particularly among our youth and young adults, is well documented and researched. My intention here is not to present this research or to dwell on these dynamics, but rather to share a pastoral response formed from within our diocese.


It began with a conversation…

A couple of years ago, I was sitting next to Dana Petricka (then a parish faith formation leader, and now a diocesan staff colleague) at a diocesan event. I asked her about a matter that I was pondering – i.e., how our diocesan Institute of Lay Formation could be more inviting to the young adults in our diocese, and more responsive to their particular needs for formation. We had a nice conversation, and left it there. Several months later, Dana approached me with the idea of developing a formation initiative within the Institute that would be specifically designed for young adults. She had been working with a young adult group in Rochester, and thought that a formation process in discipleship and pastoral leadership might be a valuable resource to provide for them. We invited my colleague, Camille Withrow (a young adult herself), and Philip Lomneth (who also worked with these young adults) to join us in exploring the possibilities of such an initiative. We had our first meeting together at St. James Coffee in Rochester just before COVID hit, and then moved our meetings and planning online for the next several months. Introducing “ILF 4:12”…

What has emerged from our prayer, discernment, conversation, and planning is, “ILF 4:12” – a new diocesan initiative which seeks to form and empower Catholic faith and leadership among young adults and foster authentic missionary discipleship. The formation process for ILF 4:12 will focus on these areas of faith and discipleship: Pastoral Formation for Discipleship • Faith-filled Accompaniment & Leadership • Service & Social Mission

Spiritual Formation for Discipleship • Encountering & Proclaiming Christ in Word and Deed • Living and Praying a Sacramental Spirituality.

Participants will gather in Rochester for five Saturday morning sessions (held from October 2021, through May 2022) which will include time for prayer, presentation, reflection, and sharing of faith and witness. As has been true for our diocesan Institute of Lay Formation during its 23 years, formation through ILF 4:12 will take place in a context of mutual support and faith-filled community. On behalf of our ILF 4:12 leadership team, I invite young adults in our diocese to consider and prayerfully discern their participation in this new initiative. For more information, please visit our diocesan web page ( ilfyoungadult.html) and/or contact me (tgraff@dowr. org / 507-858-1270) or Dana Petricka (dpetricka@ / 507-858-1272). Deo gratias! Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive! He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you. However far you may wander, he is always there, the Risen One…. Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you…. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us. -Pope Francis, Christus Vivit

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Missionary Discipleship


Family No Longer Practicing the Faith?

Go to Joseph.

�ou may have heard that the Church,

at the order of Pope Francis, is celebrating the Year of St. Joseph. From December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021, we are called to remember St. Joseph’s model and example as a man of great humility, strength and purity of heart, and as protector of the Christ child and his mother. Further, we are called to seek his intercession in prayer to the Father—and, as Joseph is “hope of the sick, patron of the dying,” this is an opportune way to pray powerfully for an end to the pandemic in so many countries around the world.

August is also a month when we are called to rededicate ourselves to praying for family members who have drifted from practicing the faith. We do this through the intercession of two other saints, Ss. Monica and Augustine (August 27 and 28). As you may know, Monica was Augustine’s mother, and her witness, engagement, and fervent prayer helped Augustine return to the Catholic faith and request baptism. He became one of the most influential theologians and holy men the world has known. His writings still bless and challenge us today. What does it mean to engage a month of prayer for family drifted from active faith in the Year of St. Joseph? I hope it means that we have an especially powerful advocate in our prayer, one who knows that family relationships are a gift of God, essential to our call, important to each other’s faith walk, and sometimes hard. 1. Family relationships as gifts of God: Joseph’s marriage to Mary, the Mother of God, and raising the Christ Child was a true gift of God. There is no clearer example of being given family as a pure gift of the Father. Gifts are meant to be cherished.

2. Family relationships as essential to our call: Joseph’s relationship to God, and his acceptance of the role as husband of Mary and foster father to Jesus, defined his life. Yes, he was a carpenter and by Biblical account a righteous man. But his relationships to Mary and Jesus are essential to the call that was on his life.

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3. Family relationships are important to each other’s faith walk: in the United States, we tend not to value family as highly as ancient cultures or even other current world cultures. We may love each other, but do we realize that we are called to walk together to God? Joseph certainly knew and modeled that truth. None of us have the Holy Family as our direct relatives, but we can count on St. Joseph’s intercession for family members who are no longer practicing the faith.

Susan Windley-Daoust

Director of Missionary Discipleship

4. Family relationships are sometimes hard: Sacred Scripture records that Joseph was “deeply troubled” when Mary became pregnant with the Christ child. But he trusted in God. We can also follow Joseph’s trust in God when family relationships are hard…and ask for his intercession for our loved one, and for our increased faith in God’s work “behind the scenes.” If you have a family member who has stopped practicing the faith, I strongly recommend Brandon Vogt’s book Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to Church (Word on Fire Press, 2021). He has many great insights but it is grounded in consistent prayer to God, the giver of all good gifts. Perhaps we can all spend this month in the Year of St. Joseph asking for his intercession for the conversion of our loved ones, focusing on these invocations in the Church’s Litany to St. Joseph, remembering that the “us” means your non-practicing loved one and yourself:

Saint Joseph, pray for us. Minister of salvation, pray for us. Head of the Holy Family, pray for us. Mirror of patience, pray for us. Glory of family life, pray for us. Cornerstone of families, pray for us. Support in difficulties, pray for us. Comfort of the sorrowing, pray for us.

O God, who in your inexpressible providence were pleased to choose Saint Joseph as spouse of your most holy Mother, grant, we pray, that we, who revere him as our protector on earth, may be worthy of his heavenly intercession. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

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Life, Marriage & Family


Eucharistic Revival The following opinion was published by Catholic News Agency on July 15, 2021. By RUSSELL SHAW

early buried last month in the hubbub surrounding the U.S. bishops’ debate over who is and isn’t worthy to receive communion was a colloquy between two bishops concerning something that may prove of far greater importance in the long run. Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens of St. Paul-Minneapolis had reported on plans for a project called the National Eucharistic Revival and was fielding questions. Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, a prominent media evangelist, urged that instead of starting next year, the project begin sooner because of the urgent need for it. Bishop Cozzens replied that dioceses could start earlier if they wished, but the revival needed careful planning if its impact was to be “lasting and deep.” Both bishops were right. The need really is urgent. And one can only hope this project has

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significant results. Familiar numbers underline the need. Fifty years ago nearly 60% of American Catholics attended Mass weekly, but by 2019, the last prepandemic year, the figure had dropped to little more than 21%. Not only that - recent survey results showed that two-thirds of all U.S. Catholics, and nearly a third of weekly Mass-attenders, do not believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist. Reacting to these disturbing figures, the bishops last year voted overwhelmingly in support of the Eucharistic Revival in hopes of promoting faith and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Cozzens, chairman of the planning committee, presented a progress report at the spring assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. What is envisaged is at the very least ambitious. Extending over three or more years, the Revival will get underway in dioceses in the summer of 2022 and continue at the diocesan level until the following summer. The emphasis at this stage will be on the formation of priests and parish and young adult leaders, including training “lay eucharistic missionaries” who will carry the message into parishes. Among other events contemplated are diocesan “days of adoration” and diocesan eucharistic congresses.

Peter Martin

Director of Life, Marriage & Family and Communications

Year two, from July 2023 to June 2024, will be devoted to carrying the Revival into parishes. Small-group leaders will be trained to head discussions among various age groups. Other parish activities are to include eucharistic adoration, sacramental confession, and Corpus Christi celebrations. The high point of the third year will be a national eucharistic congress - the first of its kind in the United States since one in Philadelphia during the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. The search for a suitable site--probably in the Midwest or South--is now underway, Bishop Cozzens said. Overall, the project hopes to train and commission a hundred thousand “missionaries” to evangelize on behalf of the Revival. A number of organizations and institutions have signed on as collaborators in the project

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The Domestic Church Dana Petricka

�he family is the primary “formator” in the faith.

Maybe you have heard that multiple times before or maybe not. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. (CCC 2223)

Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents. (CCC 2226)

formators of their families? My humble opinion is to start first by immersing your own family in prayer and discussion about the Scripture readings at Mass. Many times we tend to put the cart before the horse when it comes to our faith and we forget about the essentials, which are prayer and the Mass. If a family knows how to pray together (which is another subject for another time) and goes to Mass together, that is the only foundation to build upon. To take it one step further, the family can utilize opportunities to talk about the Mass and readings that everyone heard on the way home from Mass or around the table at a meal while it is fresh on everyone’s mind. You may need to review the readings before discussion, and thankfully we have wonderful technology in our pockets that allow us to read the Mass readings on our own. As we all continue to grow in holiness together as a diocese, I pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide us in how to better support and assist parents and guardians as the primary formators of faith in their families as the domestic church.

Faith Formation

Director of Youth Ministry and Faith Formation

This sounds like a tall order for a church that has found itself stuck in a “drop off” approach to faith formation, where many parents “drop off” their children to let the church people do the educating on faith, though I don’t assume that every parent in the Catholic Church views faith formation in this sense. Many of our systems that are in place for faith formation for our youth do help parents be the primary formators in faith for their families. Thankfully, there has been a push in recent years for an approach to faith formation and youth ministry that does empower families. Oftentimes it gets referred to as “Family Ministry.” I have recently begun working at the Diocese of Winona-Rochester as the director of youth ministry and faith formation, and I have gotten multiple calls and questions from faith formation coordinators regarding how parishes can help empower and educate parents in being the primary catechists to their children. This is the good news. The not so good news is I am discovering there isn’t a one-size-fitsall approach or a silver bullet program that will do the trick. So how can we as a church better empower parents, g ra n d p a re n t s , and guardians in being the primary


Eucharistic Revival, cont'd from pg. 8

including the Knights of Columbus, the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame University, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, Our Sunday Visitor, Word on Fire, Hispanic and youth groups, and others. Looking at all this, the first word that comes to mind is: big. It would be hard to recall any project undertaken by the American bishops in modern times comparable in scope. But although bigness is no vice, neither is it in and of itself a virtue. And here is where Bishop Cozzens’ expressed hope for “lasting and deep” results is important. When the shouting is over, the success of the National Eucharistic Revival will be measured by how many American Catholics approach the Blessed Sacrament with stronger faith and deeper reverence. It deserves our prayers. Russell Shaw is the author of more than 20 books and thousands of articles published in periodicals including America, Catholic World Report, and The National Catholic Reporter. He served as communications director for the USCCB (1967-87) and information director for the Knights of Columbus (1987-97).

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Catholic Foundation


IHM Seminary to Welcome Back Seminarians Monica Herman

Executive Director Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota

Fr. Robert Horihan

Fr. Martin Schaefer

�mmaculate Heart of Mary Seminary

in Winona will soon welcome back almost 50 men from around the Midwest for the 2021-2022 school year at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Aside from the academic endeavors, the seminarians will continue their journeys of discernment as they take the necessary further steps toward a life devoted to Christ and His people. IHMS expects to have a house of 49 seminarians this year, according to Fr. Robert Horihan, who enters his sixth year as rector, and that includes 17 new men. They hail from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the dioceses of Cheyenne, Crookston, Duluth, Gary, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Marquette, Peoria, Rapid City, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, St. Cloud, and Winona-Rochester.

Welcoming Morgan Lowney

Morgan Lowney has joined the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota as its new database specialist. Morgan is originally from Oshkosh, WI, and currently resides in La Crosse, where for two years she studied economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before taking some time off to gain more practical work experience. Thus far, she’s held several administrative assistant roles, including at the Charmant Hotel in La Crosse and a title insurance company. In her free time, Morgan likes to spend time outside with her dog, Buddy, or watch movies with her one-eared cat, Clark.

Fr. Jeffrey Dobbs

Fr. Jason Kern

The seminarians will make a staggered return to campus, with seniors arriving first on August 23. This gives them time, Horihan said, to settle themselves and prepare for their year as leaders of the house, as well as reflect on this, their final year of college seminary and their decision on whether to continue on to theology school. The feeling during those first days is one of retreat, but also fraternity, he added. A few days later, the new men arrive for orientation, and during that time, they meet with IHMS faculty to review the four dimensions of formation: human, spiritual, pastoral, and intellectual. “We articulate expectations, but at the same time, we try to get to know them as individuals,” said Vice-Rector and Dean of Formation Fr. Martin Schaefer, who’s entering his ninth year at IHMS. “A big thing, too, is they overlap with the seniors, and there’s a mentoring and connecting point.” “We establish mentor-mentee connections so each senior has a couple guys he walks with, not only during these opening days, but then throughout the year,” Horihan added.

The remaining cadre of men arrives at the end of the week so that everyone is present and the communal experience can began prior to the first day of class on August 30. And it’s that communal experience the faculty will appreciate this year more than ever. Following a year and a half of tight COVID-19 restrictions that limited group meals, in-person fraternity, and the use of their own chapel, returning to a year of near-normal interaction will be a welcomed change – though still acknowledging the lingering remnants of the pandemic. Horihan predicts that many of the cleaning and hygienic practices will continue, as will some of the new ways in which formation happened because of the pandemic. “The pandemic forced us to take a look at our schedule and the things we were doing and really assess what was serving us and what wasn’t, both in terms of safety and wellbeing in light of the pandemic, and also just for formation period,” Horihan said. “Some of the changes in formation will likely stay, not because of COVID, but because we found they serve us.” In addition to Horihan and Schaefer at IHMS, Fr. Jeffrey Dobbs enters his 10th year as director of spiritual life, and Fr. Jason Kern returns for his fifth year as vocations director.


Since our last printing, the following parishes have met their goals for the 2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal: St. Anthony Westbrook

St. John Baptist de la Salle Dodge Center

St. Mary Winona

Cemeteries Workshop The Office of Catholic Cemeteries will host a workshop for Parish Cemeterians at four locations: Resurrection Church, Rochester Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 - 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Church, Winona Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 - 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

St. Adrian Church, Adrian Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 - 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Mankato Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 - 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Topics to include: • • • • • • • • •

Perpetual Care Can Catholics Be Cremated? Cemetery Forms, Permits, & Certificates Legal Issues Facing Cemeteries Catholic Cemetery Conference Resources DOWR Cemetery Website Cremation Vaults Deanery Cemetery Teams Roundtable Discussion Q & A Open Forum with Panel

Complimentary meal provided. Event made possible with annual Catholic Ministries Appeal funding.

Register with Ann Ringlien. | | 507-858-1247

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AmeriCorps Seniors


Boxes of Joy Arrive in Haiti

Donors and volunteers serving Cross Catholic Outreach's Box of Joy Ministry may take interest in a video showing the donated boxes being delivered by mule over challenging terrain in Haiti. For years, Councils of Catholic Women in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, including those in the Austin and Worthington areas and at St. Joachim Parish in Plainview, have been contributing to this ministry. The video can be viewed online at

W-RDCCW to Hold Annual Convention


�here are times I've been thankful that a

movie camera was not around to film me. Like the time I wanted a photograph of the fifth graders from St. Columban Parish in Preston in front of the Cathedral. I stepped back to get the whole group in the shot and fell backwards over two levels of the steps. The photo turned out well! A few years ago, having returned to St. Mary Parish in Chatfield, I noticed that no one had extinguished the candles after Mass. I

A New Name, the Same Mission By JENNIFER HALBERG

� e are excited to announce that Catholic Charities’ Common Good Retired Senior

Volunteer Program (RSVP) is now referred to as AmeriCorps Seniors! Since 2004, the program has engaged adults to help meet the needs of their neighbors through volunteer service. While our name has changed, our commitment to connecting people with opportunities to contribute to the common good continues. AmeriCorps Seniors highlights the service opportunities available to Americans 55 and older who want to make giving back their second act. A program of AmeriCorps, a federal agency tasked with elevating service and volunteerism in America, we provide opportunities for people to give their time and talent to strengthen communities across southern Minnesota. We provide opportunities to contribute to the common good by connecting volunteers with causes they care about. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve locally through a network of not-for-profit agencies, human service organizations, senior centers, non-profit transportation providers, Area Agencies on Aging, schools and food banks across Southern Minnesota. They provide critical services such as food delivery, transportation, companionship, food pantry support, leading or assisting wellness programs, tutoring in elementary schools, supporting our troops, financial coaching, tax preparations and affordable housing.

Together, more than 1,100 AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers throughout the Diocese of WinonaRochester enhance the lives of others as they: Unite: They bridge divides by bringing people together: connecting individuals and organizations to help communities tackle their toughest challenges. Lead: They empower an entire ecosystem committed to the betterment of communities in our Minnesota heartland.

Strengthen: They provide resources and people power to organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities.

11 In the Diocese

A memorial was held June 29 at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial in Rochester for Jim Sursely, a Lourdes High School graduate and national spokesperson for disabled veterans, who died on May 30. More than 150 people attended, according to KTTC. Among these were a number of Sursely's high school classmates. Sursely joined the Army in 1966. Two years later, he was sent to Vietnam, where he lost an arm and both legs. He went on to become national commander of Disabled American Veterans. Msgr. James McCauley, a retired priest of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester who taught Sursely at Lourdes High School, gave a blessing and prayer at the ceremony. According to his caregiver, Lois Hackbarth, who submitted this photograph, "The picture reflects how he felt that day seeing so many former students."

Impact: They enrich the lives of those they serve, as well as their own.

We are currently enrolling new AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers throughout southern Minnesota. Please consider joining us! We’d love to welcome you into a network of more than one million strong across America.

If you are interested in AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer opportunities please visit our website at Jennifer Halberg is the director of active aging programs for Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota.

went to the chapel, got the snuffer and put out the altar candles. Moving to the side altar (Blessed Virgin Mary), I put out the candles and began walking to the other side of the sanctuary (St. Joseph), when I realized there was no floor beneath me! I'd forgotten to take the step down and splat - I landed on the floor. You've seen the action in comic strips - feet pedaling fast and the wide-eyed look of horror when the character knows there's only one way down! I was reminded of the incident on a recent Sunday as I looked at the spot where it happened and this thought came to mind: who supports me? Maybe I was waiting for the angels from the Psalms to rush to my aid. I don't know, but the event sparks some reflection in our world today. As a Catholic, who supports me and holds me up in my life of faith? Needing some support? Join me and many other supportive women for our Fall Convention. Proud of our history, grateful for God's blessings, excited to see where the Holy Spirit leads us. We'll be there to encourage and support you - there could be a picture too!

Jeanette Fortier is the president of the WinonaRochester Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

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Sisters of St. Francis Honor Jubilarians Submitted by KATHY GATLIFF

August 2021

• The Courier

2021 Jubilarians

2020 Jubilarians

lthough celebrations have been postponed due to the pandemic, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge them!


Sister Rose (Mary Conrad) Schwab, SSND, 94, professed in 1949, died May 12, 2021, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mankato. Because she donated her body to Mayo Clinic, her funeral services were postponed until family members were able to be present. Her Memorial Mass was held July 22, 2021, preceded by a prayer of remembrance. Born near Strasburg, ND, in 1927, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1947 after completing two years of college at Dickinson (ND) State College. She professed first vows in 1949 and began a teaching ministry that covered grades 7-12. In 1961 she volunteered to serve in the foreign missions and in 1963 became one of the first School Sisters of Notre Dame to minister in Guatemala. She administered and taught in the Colegio San Bernardino (an elementary school) in Patzun, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, about 70 miles from Guatemala City. Returning to the US in 1967, she resumed her teaching and administration ministries in Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. She also served as a pastoral minister and director of religious education in her home area of Strasburg, ND. Her final years in ministry were spent at Good Counsel in a variety community service roles. Sister Rose is survived by two sisters, Jean Schumacher and Helen Schwab; two brothers, Joe and Louis; nieces and nephews; and her sisters in community, the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ludwig and Regina (Keller) Schwab; four sisters and two brothers. Sister Kay Rundquist, OSF, 82, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights, on June 29, 2021. Kathryn Falton Rundquist was born March 14, 1939, in Minneapolis to Ralph and Gladys (Falton) Rundquist. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1959, received the name of Sister Mary Pius, and made

Sisters Kathleen Warren (above L) and Marlene Pinzka (above R) marked their Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2020. Pictured left, clockwise from top-left: Sisters Bernadine Jax, Joyce Stemper, Rosemary Zemler and Avis Schons marked their 60-Year Diamond Jubilee in 2020. Sisters Francine Balster, Jeanette Klein, Lorraine Landkammer, Mary Kathryn Esch, Merici Maher† and Ronan Degnan marked their 75-Year Diamond Jubilee in 2020.

perpetual vows in 1964. In 1971, she completed her studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education at the College of Saint Teresa, Winona. In 1990, she completed a Master of Ministry degree in pastoral ministry at Seattle University, Seattle, WA. Further studies included training and certification in holistic studies, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy and Reiki, and she became a Master of Integrated Energy Therapy. In 1961, Sister Kay began her elementary music teaching ministry at parochial schools in Austin, Tracy, Fulda, Easton, Rochester, and Winona. In 1971, she continued to use her talent as a gifted musician in parochial schools and parish ministry through singing; choral directing; teaching; and playing the organ, piano, guitar, and string bass. She worked in Watertown, SD; Colorado Springs, CO; and Austin, Mankato, and Anoka, MN. Sister Kay was also a piano guild judge for the National Guild of Piano Teachers and served on the New Ulm Diocese Liturgy Committee. She was a passionate teacher and musician for 25 years. In 1986, Sister Kay began a new journey of selfdiscovery that became her pastoral ministry in holistic healing for the next 29 years. Through Sister Kay’s training, she developed a deep understanding of the human body, mind, and spirit. She transformed the lives of many people as a massage therapist and holistic body therapist. Sister Kay was a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and gave spiritual direction and holistic healing for 24 years at the Spiritual Center in Little Falls and numerous other locations in the state. She retired to Assisi Heights in 2015. Sister Kay is survived by her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared life for 60 years; one sisterin-law, Kathy Rundquist; and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Rundquist. A private Funeral Liturgy was held on July 8 at Assisi Heights, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Sister M. Carolina Pardo (above) marks her Silver Jubilee (25 years) this year. Sisters Briana McCarthy, Cashel Weiler, Dolore Rockers, Dominique Pisciotta, Kay Rundquist†, Mary Beth Burns, Mary Pat Smith, Nancy Kinsley and Ramona Miller mark their 60-Year Diamond Jubilee this year. Sister Agnes Malone marks her 75-Year Diamond Jubilee this year. Kathy Gatliff is the director of communications and public relations for the Sisters of Saint Francis in Rochester.

Events St. Anthony Fall Bazaar Sunday, Sept. 12, in Lismore. Roast turkey with all trimmings & glazed carrots served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Live auction, big ticket raffle, country store, family fun. St. Adrian Fall Dinner Sunday, Sept. 19, in Adrian. Roast beef dinner served 4-7 p.m. Adults $10. Kids 6-12 $5. Kids 2-5 $2.50. Big Ticket and quilt raffle. Take-out deliveries available within Adrian city limits 4-6 p.m. (To order, call 483-2317 between 2:30 and 6 p.m. on the day of the dinner.) 512 Main Ave in Adrian. Elevator on north side of the church.

The Televised Mass Is Offered Every Sunday Sioux Falls - KTTW Channel 7 at 7 a.m. Sioux City - KPTH Channel 44 at 8:30 a.m. Mankato - KEYC Channel 12 at 7:30 a.m. Digital Channel 12.2 or Charter Channel 19 NEYC at 9:30 a.m. Digital Channel 7 (DirecTV) or Channel 11 (DISH) KMNF at 9 a.m. Rochester/Austin/Mason City KIMT Channel 3 at 7:30 a.m. MyTV 3.2 at 9 a.m. NEW Twin Cities - WFTC Digital Channel 29 or Channel 9.2 at 11:30 a.m. Southeastern MN - HBC Channel 20 at 3 p.m. (repeated Wed. at 3:30 p.m.) Winona/La Crosse/Eau Claire - WLAX/WEUX Channel 25/48 at 7:30 a.m. and on our website, (click "Weekly Mass")

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