Longtime rural pastor remembered for Gospel explanations

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Father Robert Dobihal

Father Robert Dobihal

A longtime pastor of rural parishes, Father Robert Dobihal died June 16 at the age of 90. Ordained a priest in 1950 and retired in 1991, he also celebrated Sunday Mass at St. Jerome in Maplewood following retirement. His funeral Mass will be June 22 at St. Jerome, celebrated by Bishop Andrew Cozzens.

“He did something a little different — he explained the Gospel before he read it. I think he did that at the beginning of the Mass,” said Louise Nieters, a longtime parishioner and volunteer receptionist of St. Jerome in Maplewood. “I never heard of anybody that did it before or since. I thought it really made you think.”

Father Dobihal enjoyed riding motorcycles, Nieters said, and he would often ride with parishioners. He was pictured with parishioner Tom Duellman, who was sitting on a motorcycle, in The Catholic Spirit in 1999.

Father Dobihal served at Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery, 1950-1957 and 1968-1977; Holy Trinity in Veseli, 1957-1965; Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale, 1965-1968; and St. Boniface in Bonifacius from 1977 until his retirement.

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