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Diocese of New Ulm - a people and a place

(Photo by Krista Hartman)


stablished in 1957, the Diocese of New Ulm is a community of 76 parishes and 4 oratories serving Catholics throughout 15 counties in Minnesota: Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Swift, and Yellow Medicine. The Diocese of New Ulm is Minnesota's most rural diocese, home to a total population of 281,707 with a Catholic population of 58,717. It is an area serving some 9,863 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota prairie.

Final Mass

Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm poses for a photo with parishioners of the Church of St. James, Nassau, following the closing Mass at their parish Nov. 2. Approximately 120 attended the Mass and lunch that followed, including Fr. Robert Goblirsch (to right of Bishop LeVoir), pastor at the parish from 1962 to 1970 and from 1998 to 2013. Under Fr. Goblirsch's leadership, the parish built the current church building in 1967. Also pictured are Fr. William Sprigler (to left of Bishop leVoir), parochial administrator at St. James, Fr. Richard Gross (front row), pastor at St. James in 1962 and from 1972 to 1980, and Deacon Paul Treinen (back row, second from left), currently serving the St. Hubert Area Faith Community.

Click here to read the November 2014 issue of The Prairie Catholic. Click here and here to view photos from the final Mass at the Church of St. James in Nassau.

Still want to read last September's special section on the new Pastoral Center? Click here.


Diocesan Distinguished Service Award

Nomination Information

This award is presented to members of the diocese in recognition of outstanding service in some leadership capacity to the Diocese of New Ulm. Up to five awards will be presented by Bishop John M. LeVoir at the annual Bishop Lucker Lecture on March 9, 2015, in Redwood Falls. Forms for nominations, as well as a list of past recipients, can be found below. You may also contact Penny Forst at the diocesan Pastoral Center, 1421 6th Street North, New Ulm, MN 56073; 507-359-2966.


'Fourth Plan for Parishes' Online

The "Fourth Plan for Parishes" is available online.

Click here to access it.


Join Bishop LeVoir on a

Pilgrimage to Switzerland,

Germany, & Austria

September 14 - 24, 2015

Click here for a brochure.

Click here for a registration form.



Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

find out more!


To Contact the Diocese of New Ulm:

1421 6th Street North

New Ulm, MN 56073-2071

Phone: 507-359-2966

Fax: 507-354-0268

Email: dnu@dnu.org


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