News Notes – June 5, 2014

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Priests celebrate 50th anniversaries

Seminary classmates Fathers Ron Bowers, Robert Nygaard, John Parkos and David Smith will celebrate the 50th anniversary or their ordinations to the priesthood with a concelebrated Mass at 11:30 a.m., June 8 at Corpus Christi in Roseville.

Also marking his 50th anniversary, Father William Gamber will celebrate with a 3 p.m. Mass June 8 at Our Lady of Victory in his hometown of Fergus Falls, Minn. A reception will follow the Mass.

Father Bowers has served as a member of the faculty at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas, as a presiding judge for the archdiocesan tribunal and at parishes in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Little Canada and Cottage Grove.

Father Nygaard served at parishes in Roseville, St. Paul, Osseo, Blaine, Little Canada, Plymouth, and was founding pastor of St. John Neumann in Eagan.

Father Parkos has served at parishes in Maplewood, Hopkins Minneapolis, West St. Paul, Maple Grove and North Branch. He also served as vice chancellor for the archdiocese, secretary to Archbishop Leo Byrne and as archdiocesan vocation director.

Father Smith served at parishes in St. Paul and Excelsior and for one year as secretary to Archbishop Leo Binz before joining the faculty of the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas.

Father Gamber served at parishes in St. Paul, New Brighton, Deephaven, Minneapolis and Hugo. He also served as a chaplain at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home and Minneapolis Veteran’s Hospital.

Benedictine brother ordained to priesthood

Benedictine Father Bradley Jenniges, a native of St. Paul, was ordained a priest by Bishop Donald Kettler, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, May 31 at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville.

Father Jenniges was a member of St. Matthew parish and attended the parish school and Humboldt High School. He served as lector and parish pastoral council member at St. Matthew before entering the Benedictine monastery of St. John’s Abbey, professing vows in 1992.

Father Jenniges will serve as parochial vicar with a Benedictine pastor in the St. Cloud area.

Save the date: Mass for religious freedom

As part of the Fortnight for Freedom, set for June 21 to July 4, Archbishop John Nienstedt will celebrate a Mass for religious freedom June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Catholics across the nation are being encouraged by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage, and for increased protections of religious liberty.

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