News Notes – September 11, 2014

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Local brother to celebrate 80 years

Brother Basil Rothweiler, FSC, will celebrate 80 years of ministry with a reception from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence, 330 Exchange St. in St. Paul.

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Brother Basil, 97, served as principal of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul and DeLaSalle in Minneapolis. He also was president of St. Mary’s University in Winona. He retired from the Christian Brothers Midwest District Development Office in 2008.

Cathedral Festival of Lights slated for Sept. 26

Ahead of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s centennial in 2015, the Cathedral Heritage Foundation will host the fourth annual Cathedral Festival of Lights gala to raise money to restore the Cathedral’s marble floors.

The public is invited to the gala, slated for 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the St. Paul Hotel, 350 Market St. in downtown St. Paul.

The evening will feature signature cocktails, a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions and local celebrities, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Cathedral’s restoration projects. Tickets are $150 per person, a portion of which is tax deductible. Purchase online at or email

Briel appointed at North Dakota university

Don Briel, who recently retired from his position as director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, has been appointed the Blessed John Henry Newman chair of liberal arts at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

The announcement was made at a conference Aug. 30-31, where 200 scholars and seven bishops gathered at the university to discuss the renewal and revitalization of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Briel also was given an honorary doctorate recognizing his “enduring legacy as the pioneer of Catholic studies programs across America.”

Bishop Andrew Cozzens celebrated Mass with nearly 600 people in attendance. Father Bill Baer, pastor of Transfiguration in Oakdale, was among the presenters at the conference.

The Bishop Paul A. Zipfel Catholic Studies Program at the University of Mary is the second largest Catholic studies program in the U.S.

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