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.
Breaking ground for a new Pastoral Center
Bishop John M. LeVoir, fourth from left, leads a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pastoral Center on Friday, April 19. The new building will be located about 100 yards from the old Pastoral Center off the corner of 5th Street North and North Highland Avenue in New Ulm. Construction will start at the beginning of May and is expected to take a year.
See special coverage on the groundbreaking ceremony in the May "Prairie Catholic," pages 6-7.
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For more information, contact Sr. Candace Fier, 507-359-2966.
Tune In to Bishop John M. LeVoir's
Radio Messages for Easter
Bishop John M. LeVoir's Lenten messages will be broadcast daily beginning Feb. 17 on the following radio stations:
These messages are funded in part by a grant from the National Catholic Society of Foresters (www.ncsf.com) and the Catholic Communications Grant.
Parish Festivals 2013
Updated May 6, 2013
Click here for list of parish festivals in the Diocese of New Ulm for 2013.
Year of Faith
Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013
Check out the Year of Faith Web page for a calendar of diocesan and parish events. Sponsored events include the following:
Pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, and Lourdes
with Bishop John M. LeVoir
Sept. 3, 2013 - Sept. 13, 2013
Click on the brochure below for a complete itinerary and registration information.
For more information, contact Magi Travel at 952-949-0065.
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
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Pilgrimage
with Bishop John M. LeVoir
June 30, 2013 - July 6, 2013
Click here for a brochure with itinerary, costs, and contact information.
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
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To Contact the Diocese of New Ulm:
1400 6th Street North
New Ulm, MN 56073-2099