(photo by Sam Patet)
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 281,802 with a Catholic population of 63,011 according to the 2011 Official Catholic Directory. It is an area serving some 9,863 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota prairie.
Year of Faith closes
Journey of faith continues
Bishop John M. LeVoir incenses the Holy Eucharist contained in the monstrance at the start of the Diocese of New Ulm's Year of Faith closing celebration, held Nov. 24 at St. Aloysius parish in Olivia. The Year of Faith, begun by Pope Benedict XVI over a year ago, sought to deepen Catholics' knowledge of the faith and encourage them to tell others about it. Over 120 attended the closing celebration, which included a Eucharistic procession, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and Mass.
Click here to read the December "Prairie Catholic."
from Bishop John M. LeVoir
Tune in to Bishop John M. LeVoir's Advent Radio Messages beginning December 2, broadcast Monday through Saturday on KNUJ Radio (860 AM) at approximately 7:30 a.m.; SAM-FM 107.3, Sleepy Eye, at approximately 7:30 a.m.; and KDUZ-AM 1260, Hutchinson, at approximately 8:05 a.m.
Bishop's Advent and Christmas messages are funded in part by a grant from the National Catholic Society of Foresters. According to their Web site, the organization was founded in 1891 as a non-profit fraternal benefit society, whose purpose was "to offer life insurance and annuities to Catholics and their families." More information about them can be found at their Web site: www.ncsf.com.
Year of Faith Closing Celebration
November 24, 2013
Click here to view photos from the Year of Faith closing celebration, held November 24 at St. Aloysius Parish in Olivia. You can also read Bishop John M. LeVoir's homily from Mass.
'Fourth Plan for Parishes' Online
The "Fourth Plan for Parishes" is available online. Click here to access it.
Bishop LeVoir's Pilgrimage
to Eastern Europe
(Krakow, Prague, & Budapest)
August 4-13, 2014
Nominations being accepted for
2014 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award
Pictured: Bishop John M. LeVoir with 2013 DDSA recipients.
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 10, 2014, in Redwood Falls.
Deadline for nominations in January 3, 2014.
New Pastoral Center Construction
Click here for information on the construction of the new Pastoral Center, including construction photos updated weekly.
Visit the Campaign's official site
(Continually updated with campaign totals.)
Why a "Christ our Life" Capital Campaign?
For more than fifty years, no place has been more associated with diocesan leadership than the Pastoral Center in New Ulm. But due to the deterioration of the building, the original diocesan home needs to be replaced.
The current diocesan Pastoral Center was originally designed as a private residence for the Diocese of New Ulm’s first bishop, the Most Reverend Alphonse J. Schladweiler. Over the years, the structure slowly transitioned from a residence to office space. Today, it is no longer home to the bishop or other clergy; it houses the diocese’s main ministries, operations, and the bishop’s staff. The diocese has regularly maintained the building. However, no major and necessary updating of the heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems is possible without extensive demolition because the pipes and conduit that serve these systems are encased in the cement wall of the building. "From the outside the building looks good and solid," said Bishop LeVoir. "But they put all the utilities and everything in poured concrete. Now they're decayed and decaying, causing real problems. The building is deteriorating."
"Christ Our Life" Campaign coverage
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
find out more!
To Contact the Diocese of New Ulm:
1400 6th Street North
New Ulm, MN 56073-2099