Father Kenneth Ludescher celebrates 50th anniversary

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Father Ludescher

Father Kenneth Ludescher will celebrate his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination on Sunday, Feb. 20, at St. Jerome Church in Maplewood.

Archbishop Harry Flynn will concelebrate the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Cathedral music director

The Cathedral of St. Paul has hired Robert Ridgell as the new music director, beginning July 1.

Ridgell currently serves as organist at Trinity Wall Street in New York. Previously, he served at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City and the Cathedral Church of the Savior in Philadelphia.

He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music and Westminster Choir College in Princeton and currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University.

An author, teacher, organ recitalist, choral conductor and lecturer, Ridgell was a featured artist for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

School gets paintings

St. Jerome School in Maplewood received three paintings of St. Jerome, made by local artists Margaret Schmit, Therese Canton and Danielle Dahl. The paintings, which hang in the school’s lobby, were made possible through a donation in memory of parishioner Betty Kaufenberg.

Spirit staffer returns


John Wolszon, production supervisor at The Catholic Spirit, was to return to the Twin Cities on Thursday after a month-long trip to Egypt.

In his latest update, sent Feb. 14, Wolszon said the protesters were making new demands, causing the situation to heat up again.

For more on his experiences in Egypt during the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, go to http://www.TheCatholicSpirit.com .

Parishioners help feed poor

Later this month, parishioners of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights will assemble food packages for the Twin Cities-based nonproft Feed My Starving Children. The 19-cent meals include rice, soy nuggets, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring.

Their goal is to raise $50,000 to buy the food, which will go to hungry children around the world.

Father Bob Hart, pastor, said the project is a good community builder for the parish.“It’s a way for our parish to be part of something important and to work with other churches,” he added.

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