Congratulations, jubilarians!

| June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit is honored to celebrate the priests who are marking 10, 25, 50 and 60 years of priestly ministry this year. In addition to jubilarians Father Allan Paul Eilen, Father Minh Vu and Father Jerome Hackenmueller, who are featured here, the following men are observing these significant anniversaries of their ordinations to the priesthood. The Catholic Spirit congratulates all our archdiocesan priests — including those not listed below — celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.

10 years (2009 ordination)

Father Douglas Ebert, 72, has been pastor of St. John Neumann in Eagan since 2014 and parochial administrator at Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis since 2017. He has also ministered at All Saints in Lakeville (2009-2011), Guardian Angels in Chaska (2011-2014) and Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria (2011-2018).

 


Father Michael Johnson, 36, is the judicial vicar of the metropolitan tribunal, where he has been assigned since 2013. He has also ministered at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton (2009-2012) and Epiphany in Coon Rapids (2012-2013).

 


25 years (1994 ordination)

Father Jeffrey Huard, 63, is director of spiritual formation at The St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, where he has been assigned since 2009. He has also ministered at All Saints in Lakeville (1994-1997), Community of Christ the Redeemer in West St. Paul (1996-1999), University of St. Thomas’ campus ministry in St. Paul (1999-2007) and St. Mark in St. Paul (2007-2009).


Father Kevin Kenney, 59, will minister, as of July 1, as pastor of St. Olaf in Minneapolis and parochial administrator of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis. Until then, he is pastor of Divine Mercy in Faribault and St. Michael in Kenyon, assignments he has held since 2015. He has also ministered at St. Olaf in Minneapolis (1994-1998), Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis (1998-2004) and Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul (2004-2015). Father Kenney has also served as the archdiocese’s vicar for Latino ministry since 2011.


Father Tim Norris, 52, has served as pastor of Sacred Heart in St. Paul since 2016. He has also ministered at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul (1994-1997); St. Dominic in Northfield (1997-2000); Jesucristo Resucitado, the archdiocese’s mission in San Felix, Venezuela (2000-2007, 2011-2013); the Basilica of St. Mary and Ascension in Minneapolis (2007-2008); St. Mark in Shakopee (2008-2011) and St. Paul in Ham Lake (2013-2016).


Father Greg Schaffer, 53, is pastor of Jesucristo Resucitado, the archdiocese’s mission in San Felix, Venezuela, where he has been assigned since 2002. He has also ministered at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood (1994-1997) and the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana, where Jesucristo Resucitado is located (1997-2002). He also served as the vicar general of the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana in 2016 and has again since 2017, and he was its diocesan administrator in 2017.


Father Shane Stoppel-Wasinger, 56, has been pastor of St. Gregory the Great in North Branch since 2004 and Sacred Heart in Rush City since 2012. He has also ministered at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake (1994-1998), St. Boniface in Minneapolis (1998-2002), Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis (1998-2002), and, in the Archdiocese of Denver, Notre Dame in Denver (2002-2003) and St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church in Lakewood, Colorado (2002-2004).


50 years (1969 ordination)

Father Dennis Dease, 75, a retired priest since 2013, is president emeritus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where he served as president from 1991 to 2013. He has also ministered at St. John the Evangelist in Hopkins (1969-1970), St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights (1970-1971), St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul (1971-1974), the University of St. Thomas (1974-1979), The St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul (1979-1985) and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis (1985-1991).


Father William Paron, 75, retired in 2008 after serving as pastor of St. Nicholas in Carver from 1998 to 2008. He has also ministered at St. Rose of Lima in Roseville (1969), Holy Name in Minneapolis (1969-1974), Epiphany in Coon Rapids (1974-1982) and St. Wenceslaus in New Prague (1982-1998).

 


Father Michael Sauber, 75, retired in 2013 after serving as an assistant priest at St. Olaf in Minneapolis from 2007 to 2013. He has also ministered at St. Joseph in West St. Paul (1969-1972 and 1976-1982), St. Agnes in St. Paul (1972-1976), St. Luke in Clearwater (1982-1988), the archdiocese’s Rural Life Office (1983-1988), St. Mary in Shakopee (1988-1996) and Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale (1996-2007).

 


Father Martin Shallbetter, 77, retired in 2012 after serving as pastor of Ascension in Norwood Young America and St. Bernard in Cologne from 2005 to 2012. He has also ministered at St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley (1969-1972), St. Luke in St. Paul (1972-1974), the archdiocese’s Vocations Office (1972-1978), Assumption in St. Paul (1974-1976), St. Anne in Minneapolis (1976-1977), Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Clement in Minneapolis (1977), St. Mary in Waverly (1977-1986), St. Edward in Bloomington (1986-1998) and St. Therese in Deephaven (1999-2005).


Father Stanley Sledz, 76, is sacramental minister for Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, where he has been assigned since 2017, and an occasional minister at Guardian Angels in Oakdale since 2012. Following his retirement in 2009, he continued to minister from 2010 to 2011 at Hennepin County Adult Correction Facility in Plymouth, where he previously served from 1973 to 1980. He has also ministered at Holy Cross in Minneapolis (1969-1973), Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville (1980-1982), St. Peter Claver in St. Paul (1982-1990), St. Peter in Forest Lake (1990-1995), St. Bernard in St. Paul (1995-1997) and Ramsey County Adult Detention Center in St. Paul (1997-2009).


60 years (1959 ordination)

Father Leonard Siebenaler, 85, retired in 2002 after serving as pastor of St. Michael in St. Michael from 1993 to 2002. He has also ministered at St. Anne in Minneapols (1959-1964, 1968-1971) St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake (1964-1968), St. Mary in Belvidere and St. Paul in Zumbrota (1971-1974), St. Columba in St. Paul (1974-1981) and Most Holy Trinity in St. Louis Park (1981-1993).


Father Martin Siebenaler, 86, retired in 2002 after serving as pastor of St. Joseph in Waconia from 1986 to 2002. He has also ministered at Visitation in Minneapolis (1959-1964), Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis (1964-1965), St. Agnes in St. Paul (1965-1972), and Sts. Peter and Paul in Loretto (1972-1986).

 


Father Robert Sipe, 86, retired in 2004 after serving as pastor of St. Peter in Forest Lake from 1993 to 2004. He has also ministered at Holy Cross in St. Paul (1959-1964), Holy Trinity in South St. Paul (1964-1971), St. Henry in Monticello (1971-1981), St. Timothy in Blaine (1981-1983) and St. Anne in Minneapolis (1983-1992).

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