The Diocese of New Ulm is led by the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir. He was ordained and installed as the fourth bishop of the diocese on September 15, 2008.
SLEEPY EYE - The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebrated each year on Dec. 12, honors Mary as the Queen of the Americas and recalls her apparitions to the indigenous man Saint Juan Diego (canonized in 2002). The Hispanic community customarily celebrates a nine-day novena leading up to the feast.
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was held at the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye. The early evening Mass (all in Spanish) was celebrated by the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm and concelebrated by Msgr. Eugene Lozinski, pastor of St. Mary’s. The Mass included a variety of elements: processions, costumed native dances (called matachines), and people offering bouquets of roses to Our Lady. (CLICK ABOVE FOR A GALLERY OF PHOTOS.)
SILVER LAKE - The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. On Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m., Bishop John M. LeVoir and the faithful of the diocese gathered at the Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake for the celebration.
The feast of Divine Mercy was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy. She wrote that she first saw a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He had rays of mercy streaming from His heart. Christ told her to have an image painted to represent the vision and to write below it, "Jesus, I trust in you!"
St. Faustina died of tuberculosis in 1938 at age 33. St. John Paul II canonized her in 2000 and declared Divine Mercy Sunday a worldwide feast day. Two years later, he instituted a plenary indulgence for those who participate in the devotion. St. John Paul II was canonized on the feast of Divine Mercy in 2014. (CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS.)
MURDOCK – Bishop John M. LeVoir presided at the annual Chrism Mass Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Murdock. The solemn and sacred liturgy, which included the blessing and distribution of sacramental oils to be used in parishes throughout the diocese in the coming year, also manifests the unity of the diocese’s sixty priests (active and retired) with their bishop in the Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service, making the celebration serve as a symbol of the universal and collaborative nature of the Roman Catholic Church.
(Photos by Fr. Eugene Brown)
2017 Maundy Thursday Washing of Feet at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.
The Rite Election and Call to Continuing Conversion was held Sunday, March 5 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Each year, on the first Sunday of Lent, people who seek full communion with the Catholic Church gather at the Cathedral with the bishop.
Advent Prayer Service
An Advent Prayer Service with Bishop LeVoir was held on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at the Church of St. Michael in Morgan. Participants brought the baby Jesus figure from their home Nativity set to be blessed individually by the bishop. The bishop also gave a special blessing for expectant mothers. A swaddling clothes collection (blankets, sleepers, layette items) for babies as well as cash donations weretaken up, with the proceeds going to We Care in Morgan. All the faithful were welcome to attend.
Closing of the Year of Mercy
On Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, (Solemnity of Christ the King) at the Cathedral in New Ulm, Bishop John LeVoir presided at the closing of the Holy Door to conclude the Year of Mercy. The faithful gathered for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, an opportunity for Confessions, singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction and Reposition, and Holy Mass.
As Holy Doors closed in churches and basilicas around the world, including in Rome, it is estimated that over 20 million people participated in the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican – and a billion people may have participated in churches worldwide.
Deacon Garrett Ahlers newest priest of diocese!
Father Garrett Ahlers of Marshall was ordained a priest by Bishop LeVoir on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.
Bishop LeVoir promulgates the diocesan plan for catholic schools