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Diocese of New Ulm - a people and a place

(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 281,707 with a Catholic population of 58,717. It is an area serving some 9,863 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota prairie.

Easter Vigil celebrated at Church of St. Peter

Fr. Todd Petersen, pastor at the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter and the Church of St. Paul in Nicollet, spreads chrism on Brianna Sheehy’s forehead as he administers the Sacrament of Confirmation April 4 at the Easter Vigil liturgy at St. Peter’s. Pictured with their hands on Sheehy’s shoulder are Bruce and Cathy Leonard, her godparents and sponsors. To the right of Fr. Petersen is Deacon Steve Spilman. Each year, thousands enter the Church throughout the world at the Easter Vigil through the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist), including in the Diocese of New Ulm. At St. Peter’s, five catechumens (including Sheehy) received these sacraments. In addition, three candidates (persons validly baptized in a Christian denomination) were confirmed and received the Eucharist, one individual baptized in the Catholic Church received these two sacraments, and one person received first Holy Communion.


Scroll below to view a photo slideshow of the Easter Vigil and other Holy Week liturgies in the diocese.

Click here to read the April 2015 edition of "The Prairie Catholic."


Hope, Healing, and Peace

A message from Bishop John M. LeVoir

Hope, Healing, and Peace from Diocese of New Ulm on Vimeo.


Stand Up for Marriage April 26

On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against redefining marriage. Join Christians across the nation April 26 to pray for the Court as it begins its deliberations. Be sure to watch this six-minute video and spread it to others.


Bishop John M. LeVoir's

Easter & Lenten Radio Messages

Check back each week to listen to Bishop John LeVoir's Lenten radio messages.


'Fourth Plan for Parishes' Online

The "Fourth Plan for Parishes" is available online.

Click here to access it.


Statement on 12 Notices of Claim

Click here to read the Diocese of New Ulm's statement on the 12 notices of claim it received.


Join Bishop LeVoir on a

Pilgrimage to Switzerland,

Germany, & Austria

September 14 - 24, 2015

Click here to register online.

Click here for a brochure.

Click here for a registration form.



Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

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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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