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.

 

2018 Events

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 HUTCHINSON - Around 200 people gathered for the 4th annual Diocese of New Ulm Brunch with the Bishop  on Sunday, April 22 at St. Anastasia Catholic School, Hutchinson. All proceeds from the event support Catholic schools in the diocese.                                                                                                        (photo by Shannon Visser)

HUTCHINSON - Around 200 people gathered for the 4th annual Diocese of New Ulm Brunch with the Bishop  on Sunday, April 22 at St. Anastasia Catholic School, Hutchinson. All proceeds from the event support Catholic schools in the diocese.                                                                                                       (photo by Shannon Visser)

   ST. PAUL -  Minnesota's Catholic bishops hosted a meeting on March 21, 2018, with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators on both sides of the aisle. During the meeting at the Cathedral of Saint Paul's rectory, the bishops discussed the importance of supporting legislation that upholds human dignity and the common good. They discussed current bills relating to commercial surrogacy abuses, the link between pornography and human trafficking, offering the viewing of an ultrasound to mothers considering an abortion, gun violence, affordable housing, opioid addiction, and child tax credits. Pictured, Bishop LeVoir greets Gov. Dayton. Also pictured is (l-r) Bishop Paul D. Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth and Bishop John M. Quinn of the Diocese of Winona.                                                                        (photo by Katherine Cross, Minnesota Catholic Conference)

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's Catholic bishops hosted a meeting on March 21, 2018, with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators on both sides of the aisle. During the meeting at the Cathedral of Saint Paul's rectory, the bishops discussed the importance of supporting legislation that upholds human dignity and the common good. They discussed current bills relating to commercial surrogacy abuses, the link between pornography and human trafficking, offering the viewing of an ultrasound to mothers considering an abortion, gun violence, affordable housing, opioid addiction, and child tax credits. Pictured, Bishop LeVoir greets Gov. Dayton. Also pictured is (l-r) Bishop Paul D. Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth and Bishop John M. Quinn of the Diocese of Winona.                                                                       (photo by Katherine Cross, Minnesota Catholic Conference)

  REDWOOD FALLS -  On Tuesday, March 20, following the annual Bishop Lucker Lecture held at the Church of St. Catherine, Redwood Falls, Bishop LeVoir presented the 2018 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award to three deserving Catholics in the Diocese of New Ulm. Award recipients pictured with Bishop LeVoir are (l-r) Mary Gangelhoff a member of St. Mary, Sleepy Eye; Deacon Steve Spilman. a member of St. Paul, Nicollet; and Barb Dietz, a member of St. Mary, New Ulm. Coverage of each recipients distinguished service can be found in the  March issue of The Prairie Catholic, page 3.

REDWOOD FALLS - On Tuesday, March 20, following the annual Bishop Lucker Lecture held at the Church of St. Catherine, Redwood Falls, Bishop LeVoir presented the 2018 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award to three deserving Catholics in the Diocese of New Ulm. Award recipients pictured with Bishop LeVoir are (l-r) Mary Gangelhoff a member of St. Mary, Sleepy Eye; Deacon Steve Spilman. a member of St. Paul, Nicollet; and Barb Dietz, a member of St. Mary, New Ulm. Coverage of each recipients distinguished service can be found in the March issue of The Prairie Catholic, page 3.

  WILLMAR –  Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Bishop Jon Anderson (left), and Bishop John M. LeVoir greet people following the prayer service for Christian Unity held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar on Sunday, Jan. 21. This ecumenical prayer service brought together church leaders and people from various Christian denominations to pray together for Christian Unity. The prayer service is held each year in various church communities during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25. Offerings taken up during the prayer service will support the area Family Promise and Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.                                                           

WILLMAR – Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Bishop Jon Anderson (left), and Bishop John M. LeVoir greet people following the prayer service for Christian Unity held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar on Sunday, Jan. 21. This ecumenical prayer service brought together church leaders and people from various Christian denominations to pray together for Christian Unity. The prayer service is held each year in various church communities during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25. Offerings taken up during the prayer service will support the area Family Promise and Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.    
                                                      

  NEW ULM -  During Christmas week 2017, seminarians of the Diocese of New Ulm visited the Pastoral Center in New Ulm and met individually with Bishop LeVoir. Pictured front row (l-r): Nathan Hansen from St. John Darwin; Tanner Thooft from St. Edward, Minneota; John Hayes from St. Gregory, Lafayette; James Herzog from Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm; Shawn Polman from St. Mary, Cottonwood. Back row: Fr. Matthew Wiering, diocesan director of the Office of Vocations, Joshua Bot of St. Edward, Minneota; Evan Huebl of St. John, New Prague; Samuel Rosemeier of St. Bridget, DeGraff; Troy Timmerman of Holy Redeemer, Marshall, and Bishop John M. LeVoir. For further information about the seminarians visit  the diocesan Office of Vocations website page.

NEW ULM - During Christmas week 2017, seminarians of the Diocese of New Ulm visited the Pastoral Center in New Ulm and met individually with Bishop LeVoir. Pictured front row (l-r): Nathan Hansen from St. John Darwin; Tanner Thooft from St. Edward, Minneota; John Hayes from St. Gregory, Lafayette; James Herzog from Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm; Shawn Polman from St. Mary, Cottonwood. Back row: Fr. Matthew Wiering, diocesan director of the Office of Vocations, Joshua Bot of St. Edward, Minneota; Evan Huebl of St. John, New Prague; Samuel Rosemeier of St. Bridget, DeGraff; Troy Timmerman of Holy Redeemer, Marshall, and Bishop John M. LeVoir. For further information about the seminarians visit the diocesan Office of Vocations website page.

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.)

  SLEEPY EYE -  Bishop LeVoir celebrated Mass with participants of the Girls' (ages 9-12) Youth Summer Camp held June 18-22, 2017, at Schoenstatt on the Lake in Sleepy Eye. Following Mass, bishop joined the participants for lunch and conversation. The annual camps for youth and young adult girls are under the direction of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.

SLEEPY EYE - Bishop LeVoir celebrated Mass with participants of the Girls' (ages 9-12) Youth Summer Camp held June 18-22, 2017, at Schoenstatt on the Lake in Sleepy Eye. Following Mass, bishop joined the participants for lunch and conversation. The annual camps for youth and young adult girls are under the direction of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.

  NEW ULM -  Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, made a pastoral visit to the Diocese of New Ulm on Tuesday, May 30. This was the archbishop’s first time in the City of New Ulm. He was treated to lunch, visited the Pastoral Center, walked the Way of the Cross and Loretto Park, and visited the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The day concluded with Mass and dinner at the convent of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus in New Ulm. Pictured (left), Earl LaPlante points out details in the statuary of the first of 14 stations during the archbishop’s tour of the Way of the Cross. Also pictured is Paul Hillesheim and Bishop John M. LeVoir (far right). Both LaPlante and Hillesheim serve on the Way of the Cross and Loretto Park Committee and are two of the numerous caretakers of the over 100-year-old shrine.

NEW ULM - Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, made a pastoral visit to the Diocese of New Ulm on Tuesday, May 30. This was the archbishop’s first time in the City of New Ulm. He was treated to lunch, visited the Pastoral Center, walked the Way of the Cross and Loretto Park, and visited the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The day concluded with Mass and dinner at the convent of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus in New Ulm. Pictured (left), Earl LaPlante points out details in the statuary of the first of 14 stations during the archbishop’s tour of the Way of the Cross. Also pictured is Paul Hillesheim and Bishop John M. LeVoir (far right). Both LaPlante and Hillesheim serve on the Way of the Cross and Loretto Park Committee and are two of the numerous caretakers of the over 100-year-old shrine.

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.)

  NEW ULM -  Seven priests of the Diocese of New Ulm celebrate milestone jubilees this year. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, five of the seven priests gathered with Bishop LeVoir at the Pastoral Center in New Ulm for Mass, social, and dinner. Pictured (l-r) are Msgr. Eugene Lozinski and Fr. James Devorak, both celebrating 45 years; Fr. Paul Schumacher celebrating 55 years; Fr. John G. Berger celebrating 50 years; and Msgr. Douglas Grams celebrating 30 years. 

NEW ULM - Seven priests of the Diocese of New Ulm celebrate milestone jubilees this year. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, five of the seven priests gathered with Bishop LeVoir at the Pastoral Center in New Ulm for Mass, social, and dinner. Pictured (l-r) are Msgr. Eugene Lozinski and Fr. James Devorak, both celebrating 45 years; Fr. Paul Schumacher celebrating 55 years; Fr. John G. Berger celebrating 50 years; and Msgr. Douglas Grams celebrating 30 years. 

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)

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2017 Maundy Thursday Washing of Feet at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.

  DIOCESAN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD -  Bishop John M. LeVoir (right) poses with recipients of the 2017 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award following the March 23 Bishop Lucker Lecture at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls. From left are Arch Mrkvicka of Owatonna, Pamela Osborne of Winthrop, Kris Anderson of Morgan, and Jan Noyes of Marshall. The Diocesan Distinguished Award is presented annually to select lay leaders who are recognized for their outstanding service to the Diocese of New Ulm in a leadership capacity.                              

DIOCESAN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD - Bishop John M. LeVoir (right) poses with recipients of the 2017 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award following the March 23 Bishop Lucker Lecture at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls. From left are Arch Mrkvicka of Owatonna, Pamela Osborne of Winthrop, Kris Anderson of Morgan, and Jan Noyes of Marshall. The Diocesan Distinguished Award is presented annually to select lay leaders who are recognized for their outstanding service to the Diocese of New Ulm in a leadership capacity.                              

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.

   CELEBRATING CONSECRATED LIFE -    Bishop John M. LeVoir celebrated the diocesan World Day for Consecrated Life Mass at the Church of St. Raphael in Springfield on Jan. 21. Religious in attendance posed for a photo with him after Mass. In the front row are   Sr. Ann Carol Kaufenberg, SSND (left);   Sr. Karol Marie Szuba, Sisters of Mary Morning Star; and Mary Kate Wolf, ISSM. Middle row: Fr. Phil Schotzko, pastor of St. Raphael; Sr. Rita Wollschlager, SSND; Sr. Mary Ann Kuhn, SSND; Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM; and Sr. Marie Lys Penambou Mato, Sisters of Mary Morning Star. Back row: Sr. Shirley Steines, SSND; Sr. M. Rose Anthony Krebs, SSND; Sr. Lois Byrne, PBVM; and Bishop LeVoir.

CELEBRATING CONSECRATED LIFE - Bishop John M. LeVoir celebrated the diocesan World Day for Consecrated Life Mass at the Church of St. Raphael in Springfield on Jan. 21. Religious in attendance posed for a photo with him after Mass. In the front row are Sr. Ann Carol Kaufenberg, SSND (left); Sr. Karol Marie Szuba, Sisters of Mary Morning Star; and Mary Kate Wolf, ISSM. Middle row: Fr. Phil Schotzko, pastor of St. Raphael; Sr. Rita Wollschlager, SSND; Sr. Mary Ann Kuhn, SSND; Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM; and Sr. Marie Lys Penambou Mato, Sisters of Mary Morning Star. Back row: Sr. Shirley Steines, SSND; Sr. M. Rose Anthony Krebs, SSND; Sr. Lois Byrne, PBVM; and Bishop LeVoir.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY -  Twelve religious leaders attended the Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity Jan. 15, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. Front row, from left: Sr. Anna Mary Swanson, ACJ, Office of Worship, Diocese of New Ulm; Sr. Mary Joseph Evans, ACJ, Office of Worship, Diocese of New Ulm; Deb Hess, moderator, Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys; Pastor Andrew Hermondson-Olsen, Grace Lutheran Church of Brownton; Fr. Gerald Meidl, pastor of St. Boniface, Stewart, and St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Hutchinson; and Pastor Kathryn Skoglund, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Back row, from left: Pastor Mahlon Bekedam, St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Stewart; Fr. Aaron Johanneck, director of the Office of Worship, Diocese of New Ulm; Bishop Jon V. Anderson, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA; Bishop John M. LeVoir, Diocese of New Ulm; Pastor Linda Pedersen, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA; and Larry Glaeske, retired Lutheran pastor from Saskatchewan.   
  
 
  
    
  
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ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY - Twelve religious leaders attended the Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity Jan. 15, 2017, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. Front row, from left: Sr. Anna Mary Swanson, ACJ, Office of Worship, Diocese of New Ulm; Sr. Mary Joseph Evans, ACJ, Office of Worship, Diocese of New Ulm; Deb Hess, moderator, Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys; Pastor Andrew Hermondson-Olsen, Grace Lutheran Church of Brownton; Fr. Gerald Meidl, pastor of St. Boniface, Stewart, and St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Hutchinson; and Pastor Kathryn Skoglund, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Back row, from left: Pastor Mahlon Bekedam, St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Stewart; Fr. Aaron Johanneck, director of the Office of Worship, Diocese of New Ulm; Bishop Jon V. Anderson, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA; Bishop John M. LeVoir, Diocese of New Ulm; Pastor Linda Pedersen, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA; and Larry Glaeske, retired Lutheran pastor from Saskatchewan.

                                                                                                                                                                                  (Photo by Greg Troska)

                                                                                                                                            

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.

(WATCH Holy Mass closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy presided by Pope Francis.)

  FATIMA CENTENNIAL U.S. TOUR FOR PEACE -   On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm was host to a historic tour marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace featured the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, which has been traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years. The tour began in March on the 100-year anniversary of an angel’s first apparition to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1916, and will visit 100 dioceses in the U.S. The celebration in New Ulm included a crowning of the Virgin Statue, a presentation by the statue’s curator, and an outdoor Rosary procession (pictured) around the Cathedral. Bishop John M. LeVoir celebrated a concluding Mass. A day later, the Tour of Peace stopped at St. Aloysius in Olivia.

FATIMA CENTENNIAL U.S. TOUR FOR PEACE -  On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm was host to a historic tour marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace featured the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, which has been traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years. The tour began in March on the 100-year anniversary of an angel’s first apparition to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1916, and will visit 100 dioceses in the U.S. The celebration in New Ulm included a crowning of the Virgin Statue, a presentation by the statue’s curator, and an outdoor Rosary procession (pictured) around the Cathedral. Bishop John M. LeVoir celebrated a concluding Mass. A day later, the Tour of Peace stopped at St. Aloysius in Olivia.

 CHILDREN'S HOLY FIELD TRIP - The 13th annual Children's Holy Field Trip, sponsored by the Diocese of New Ulm Office of Catholic Schools, was held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Children from 14 Catholic schools in the Diocese of New Ulm attended the event, which included adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary, a homily by Bishop LeVoir, and Benediction. Following the event, Bishop LeVoir poses with those attending from Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Marshall.

CHILDREN'S HOLY FIELD TRIP - The 13th annual Children's Holy Field Trip, sponsored by the Diocese of New Ulm Office of Catholic Schools, was held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Children from 14 Catholic schools in the Diocese of New Ulm attended the event, which included adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary, a homily by Bishop LeVoir, and Benediction. Following the event, Bishop LeVoir poses with those attending from Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Marshall.

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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.

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Bishop LeVoir promulgates the diocesan plan for catholic schools

  SLEEPY EYE –  Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm speaks with diocesan Catholic school principals at an in-service Aug. 10, 2016, at Schoenstatt on the Lake in Sleepy Eye. At the meeting Bishop LeVoir promulgated the “ Diocesan Plan for Catholic Schools ,” a pastoral planning document following upon the “Fourth Plan for Parishes” promulgated in May 2013. For more on this document, see the story in the  September 2016 issue of The Prairie Catholic .  (Photo by Chris Clancy)                                        

SLEEPY EYE – Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm speaks with diocesan Catholic school principals at an in-service Aug. 10, 2016, at Schoenstatt on the Lake in Sleepy Eye. At the meeting Bishop LeVoir promulgated the “Diocesan Plan for Catholic Schools,” a pastoral planning document following upon the “Fourth Plan for Parishes” promulgated in May 2013. For more on this document, see the story in the September 2016 issue of The Prairie Catholic. (Photo by Chris Clancy)
                                   

 

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