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Diocese of New Ulm - a people and a place

(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 284,768 with a Catholic population of 61,917 according to the 2012 Official Catholic Directory. It is an area serving some 9,863 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota prairie.

Chosen to enter

Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm greets Chasity Senesac from the Church of the Holy Rosary in North Mankato as catechumens are called forth from the congregation during the Rite of Election March 9 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Approximately 10 catechumens and 50 candidates from around the diocese attended the event, receiving the prayers and affirmation of Bishop LeVoir and the assembly in recognition of their preparation to receive the sacraments of the Church. God willing, the catechumens will become members of the Church by receiving Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil April 19 in their parishes, while candidates will enter full communion with the Church by receiving Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist on that day.

Click here to read the April 2014 issue of The Prairie Catholic.


Bishop LeVoir's Lent Messages

Tune in for Bishop LeVoir's Lent Radio Messages.

KNUJ Radio (860 AM) at approximately 7:30 a.m.,

AM-FM 107.3, Sleepy Eye, at approximately 7:30 a.m.,

DUZ-AM 1260, Hutchinson, at approximately 8:05 a.m.


'Fourth Plan for Parishes' Online

The "Fourth Plan for Parishes" is available online. Click here to access it.


Bishop LeVoir's Pilgrimage

to Eastern Europe

(Krakow, Prague, & Budapest)

August 4-13, 2014

For more information or to register, contact Magi Travel at 952-949-0065, info@magitravelinc.com. Or click here for a brochure or a registration form.


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

The Prairie Catholic, March 2013 (page 3)

The Prairie Catholic, July 2012 (page 8)

The Prairie Catholic, February 2012 (page 3)

The Prairie Catholic, January 2012 (page 7)

The Prairie Catholic, December 2011 (page 3)

The Prairie Catholic, November 2011 (page 3)

The Prairie Catholic, October 2011 (page 3)

The Prairie Catholic, September 2011 (page 3)

The Prairie Catholic, June 2011 (page 4)

The Prairie Catholic, May 2011 (page 1)

The Prairie Catholic, March 2011 (page 5)

The Prairie Catholic, February 2011


Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

find out more!


To Contact the Diocese of New Ulm:

1400 6th Street North

New Ulm, MN 56073-2099

(507) 359-2966

e-mail:   dnu@dnu.org






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