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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 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.


1st Annual Breakfast with the Bishop

A benefit for Catholic schools

When? Saturday, September 13

Where? New Pastoral Center in New Ulm

How? Reservations required by August 28. Call 507-359-2966, ext. 325, or email cblickem@dnu.org


Parish Festivals

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

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

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To Contact the Diocese of New Ulm:

1421 6th Street North

New Ulm, MN 56073-2071

Phone: 507-359-2966

Fax: 507-354-0268

Email: dnu@dnu.org


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