(Photo by Dan Rossini)
stablished in 1957, the Diocese of New Ulm is a community of 76 parishes and 4 oratories serving Catholics throughout 15 counties in Minnesota: Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Swift, and Yellow Medicine. The Diocese of New Ulm is Minnesota's most rural diocese, home to a total population of 281,707 with a Catholic population of 58,717. It is an area serving some 9,863 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota prairie.
Fr. Samuel Wagner ordained
Bishop John M. LeVoir lays hands on the head of Deacon Samuel Wagner as Deacon Russell Blaschko looks on at Deacon Wagner's ordination to the priesthood June 7 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. According to the "Rite of Ordination of Priests," priestly ordination is a sacrament through which "by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they are signed with a special character and are so configured to Christ the Priest that they have the power to act in the person of Christ the Head."
Click here to read the June 2014 issue of The Prairie Catholic, with coverage of Fr. Wagner's ordination on pages 1 and 10.
'Fourth Plan for Parishes' Online
The "Fourth Plan for Parishes" is available online. Click here to access it.
The Resurrection's Influence on
A Presentation by Aldean Hendrickson
Director of the Diocesan Tribunal
April 22, 2014
Click here to listen to Hendrickson's presentation
Parish festivals will soon be upon us! Click here to find out when one will be happening in your area.
New Pastoral Center Construction
Click here for information on the construction of the new Pastoral Center, including construction photos updated weekly.
Visit the Campaign's official site
(Continually updated with campaign totals.)
Why a "Christ our Life" Capital Campaign?
For more than fifty years, no place has been more associated with diocesan leadership than the Pastoral Center in New Ulm. But due to the deterioration of the building, the original diocesan home needs to be replaced.
The current diocesan Pastoral Center was originally designed as a private residence for the Diocese of New Ulm’s first bishop, the Most Reverend Alphonse J. Schladweiler. Over the years, the structure slowly transitioned from a residence to office space. Today, it is no longer home to the bishop or other clergy; it houses the diocese’s main ministries, operations, and the bishop’s staff. The diocese has regularly maintained the building. However, no major and necessary updating of the heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems is possible without extensive demolition because the pipes and conduit that serve these systems are encased in the cement wall of the building. "From the outside the building looks good and solid," said Bishop LeVoir. "But they put all the utilities and everything in poured concrete. Now they're decayed and decaying, causing real problems. The building is deteriorating."
"Christ Our Life" Campaign coverage
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To Contact the Diocese of New Ulm:
1421 6th Street North
New Ulm, MN 56073-2071