Faith for the future

Faith for the future

Jeff and Ann Franta (top and bottom left) are this year’s chair couple for the Diocesan Ministries Appeal, which kicks off in parishes Nov. 12 and 13. Parishioners of the Church of St. George in West Newton Township, the couple provides their unique perspective on this year’s theme, “A legacy of faith, a future of hope,” in the DMA video. They are shown here with their son Ryan and his wife Chelsey teaching their grandchildren Leah and Sean about Jesus and Mary in front of the pieta at the back of their church.                                                   (Photo by Dan Rossini)

For more on this year’s DMA, see pages 6-8 in the November issue of The Prairie Catholic.

November 2016 issue

Pilgrimage of mercy

Pilgrims from the Diocese of New Ulm visit the St. Faustina Chapel at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków, Poland on July 26. The visit was part of the group’s week-long participation in World Youth Day, which ran July 25-31 in the Polish city. In the first row are Troy Timmerman (left); Bryan Reising, diocesan director of Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation; Monica Reising; Monica Timmerman; Lori Timmerman; Kelsey Timmerman; and Sara Jirak. Second row: Fr. Paul Timmerman (left), pastor of the parishes in the Holy Family Area Faith Community; Msgr. Eugene Lozinski, pastor of the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye, St. Michael in Morgan, and Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth; Andrew Dieter; and Mary Kate Larsen. Back row: Irene Anderson (left); Matthew Larsen; and Carl Anderson. Missing is Kennedy Pelzel.

Sept. 2016 issue


Priest of Mercy

Priest of Mercy

(photo by Jeanine McMahon)

NEW ULM – Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm lays his hands on Deacon Garrett Ahlers during his ordination Mass, in which he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood. A full assembly of priests, deacons, family, friends, and other well-wishers witnessed Father Ahler's priestly ordination June 25 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.

July 2016 issue

Rock of redemption

  (photo from video by Dan Rossini)

DASSEL – The Alex Street Band provides the live entertainment at the Junior High Rally April 24 at Dassel-Cokato High School. Sixth through eighth graders from around the Diocese of New Ulm gathered for music, games, socializing, and Nic Davidson’s humorous presentation of his conversion to the faith. The event also included prayer, adoration, and Sunday Mass with Bishop John M. LeVoir.    

May 2016 issue



Hands of mercy

(Photo by Chris Clancy)

NEW ULM – To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, Catholics from all corners of the diocese gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm for a Day of Mercy celebration on April 3, Divine Mercy Sunday. As part of the day’s events, faithful of all ages took part in a corporal work of mercy. The diocese partnered with Catholic Relief Service’s Helping Hands project to package 10,000 meals during a three-hour period. The meals are destined to feed the hungry in Burkina Faso, a desperately poor West African nation.

A photo collage of the Day of Mercy is posted on the Diocese of New Ulm Web site,

April 2016 issue

Your Support Matters!

Your Support Matters!

Jamie Karels of Rosen has been deployed twice as a soldier in the Minnesota Army National Guard, including a stint in Iraq. Even when he’s stateside, he must be away for training one weekend per month and several times a year for two-week periods. All those absences are tough on his wife Stacey and their growing family, who are members of St. Joseph's Parish in Rosen. Pastor Brian Oestreich appreciates the selfless service of Catholic solders and has some specific suggestions to help them.

The series on Catholics and the military continues on page 5 of the March issue of The Prairie Catholic with the Karels' story. (Cover photo by Krista Hartman)

Witnesses for Life

(Photo by Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit)


St. Paul - Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm greets Taylor Otis (left), Abby Bianchi, and Elizabeth Griebel following the morning prayer service that preceded the March for Life Jan. 22 at the Cathedral in St. Paul. The three girls are seventh graders at Cathedral High School in New Ulm. Bishop LeVoir led this year’s service, which attracted a standing-room-only crowd the day of the March. Over 200 students from the diocese’s three Catholic high schools, including St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye and Holy Trinity in Winsted, made the trip, along with three other busloads of Catholics from the Marshall, New Ulm, and Willmar areas.

February 2016 issue

¡ Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe !

MONTEVIDEO – Maria Vargas and Carlos Cortez re-enact an appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in 1531 at Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City. The theatrical presentation came at the end of Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 at the Church of St. Joseph in Montevideo. The evening’s festivities also included matachines dances, a procession, and a potluck supper. (Photo by Krista Hartman)

January 2016 issue



Doors of Mercy

Holy Doors to be opened for the Year of Mercy provide an “extraordinary path” to God, enabling us to receive his merciful grace and salvation. Bishop John M. LeVoir will inaugurate the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of New Ulm on Sunday, Dec. 13 with a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. The event will begin with a procession from the high school gym at 3 p.m. and include the opening of the Cathedral’s Holy Doors, making it a special place of pilgrimage throughout the year. (Photo by Dan Rossini)

December 2015 issue


Field trip photo with the bishop

NEW ULM – Students from St. Pius X Catholic School in Glencoe spend a few light-hearted moments with Bishop John M. LeVoir of the Diocese of New Ulm before a photo op that followed the diocese’s 12th annual Children’s Holy Field Trip Oct. 7 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Over 200 children from 14 diocesan schools attended the event, which included adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary, a homily by Bishop LeVoir, and Benediction.

November 2015 issue


Papal Kiss

ROME – Pope Francis gives five-month-old Leo Prokosch, son of Justin and Katie (Vogl) Prokosch of Wabasso, a kiss at the end of his Sept. 16 general audience in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The family was in Italy for 10 days for the wedding of their Italian foreign exchange student and visited Rome for a few days as a mini-pilgrimage. The Prokosches are members of the Church of St. Anne in Wabasso. Katie Prokosch is also the Faith Formation and Youth Ministry coordinator at the Church of St. Raphael in Springfield.

October 2015 issue.

New diocesan Web site goes live!

Bishop John M. LeVoir smiles as he visits the Diocese of New Ulm's newly designed Web site, It went live Aug. 31 after a team of seven Pastoral Center staff members spent over two months creating it. The site boasts a host of new features that have propelled it into the 21st century, including photo slideshows, password protected pages, online giving, and a search toolbar.

September 2015 issue

Diocese native ordained for Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Bishop John M. LeVoir congratulates Fr. John Kodet upon his ordination to the priesthood for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter May 30 at the Newman Center chapel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fr. Kodet, a native of Bechyn, whose family attends the Church of St. Michael in Morgan, was ordained with five others who hailed from Nevada, New York, Texas, Virginia, and England. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a society of apostolic life whose members celebrate Mass in the extraordinary form using the liturgical books in use in 1962.

June 2015 issue

Faith-filled fashionista makes her mark in Fairfax

Faith-filled fashionista makes her mark in Fairfax

Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Leah Darrow gives her personal
testimony to a crowd of sixth through eighth graders at the diocesan Junior High
Festival, held April 26 at GFW Middle School in Fairfax. Darrow used her conversion
story to challenge the students to live holy, Christ-centered lives that make frequent
use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The day also included a concert from Catholic
musician Trevor Thomson and Mass with Bishop John M. LeVoir.

May 2015 issue

Easter Vigil in St. Peter

Easter Vigil in 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.

April 2015 issue