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Four priests in diocese celebrating anniversaries  
Thursday, June 03, 2010  3:25 PM

Two priests who have served in the Diocese of Sioux Falls will celebrate their 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood this year.

Two others will celebrate their 25th anniversary of ordination.


60th Anniversaries

Father Odilo Burkhardt, OSB, was ordained 60 years ago at St. Meinrad Archabbey.

“When I told my fellow workers that I was going to the seminary to learn more about God, they said, ‘Man, you’re weird...and happy!’

I joined the monastery and was one of the monks selected to found Blue Cloud in 1950.

I worked on the construction crew and taught theology.

For 13 years I was at our priory in Guatemala. Now I’m back at the abbey where many people come to look at it.

When they ask me about the place, I tell them, ‘Well, I built it.’”

Father Odilo also tells people that he joined the Benedictines rather than the Franciscans who staffed his home parish in Indianapolis because “I didn’t want to wear brown.”


Father Al Krzyzopolski was born in Spink County on July 13, 1924 and grew up in the Aberdeen area, the Los Angeles area of California and the Columbus, Ohio area.

He attended grade school at Sacred Heart in Aberdeen.

Father Krzyzopolski was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950.

He spent all 60 years of his priesthood in the service of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Included in his service and vocation were assignments in Watertown, Revillo, Wilmot, Mount Vernon, Lennox, Tea, Brandon, Mitchell, Flandreau and Sioux Falls among others.

Father Krzyzopolski also served as a teacher at O’Gorman High School from 1962-1969.

He was also the first rector of the minor seminary.

He retired in 1995 and still calls Sioux Falls home.


25th Anniversary

Father Richard Fox is a vocation from Immaculate Conception, Watertown and son of Donald and Mercedes Fox.

He attended I.H.M. Seminary, Winona, MN and Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD.

Ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paul V. Dudley on June 1, 1985, Father Fox served as associate at Christ the King, Sioux Falls and Sacred Heart, Aberdeen.

He was pastor and co-pastor of St. Augustine, Bowdle; St. Joseph, Eureka; St. Thomas, Roscoe and St. John, Onaka; pastor of Holy Spirit, Mitchell and pastor of St. Simon & Jude, Flandreau; St. Peter, Colman and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Elkton.

Father Fox is now pastor of Christ the King, Sioux Falls.


Father Terry Weber is the oldest of seven children of Melvin and Lureta Weber of Holy Spirit Parish in Mitchell.

He attended seminaries that were a part of O’Gorman High School, St. Mary College, and St Paul Seminary.

Ordained in 1985, he has served in parishes and schools in the Sioux Falls and St. Paul dioceses.

Father Weber has also served in several diocesan committees and offices.

He will be returning to an assignment in the diocese at the end of July.

Father Weber is grateful to his brother priests and the many laypeople who have supported him by prayers.


Other priests who have served or are serving in the Diocese of Sioux Falls will have their vocation anniversary notices featured in the July issue of The Bishop’s Bulletin.

Bishop Swain announces priest appointments  
Tuesday, June 01, 2010  12:23 PM

Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, has made the following appointments effective July 1, 2010 unless noted otherwise:


Father Andrew Knop, OMI, from associate pastor at St. Peter and St. Catherine, Sisseton and St. John, Veblen, to his religious community.


Father Anthony Dummer, OMI, with the approval of his religious superior, as associate pastor at St. Peter and St. Catherine, Sisseton and St. John, Veblen, effective July 15.


Father Anthony Opem, from pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Dakota Dunes, to retirement.


Father Joseph Wagner, from pastor of Risen Savior, Brandon, to retirement.


Father Hal Barber, from pastor of St. Therese, Sioux Falls, to pastor of St. Christina, Parker and St. Mary, Marion.


Father David Stevens, from pastor of St. Nicholas, Tea and St. Christina, Parker, to pastor of St. Therese, Sioux Falls.


Father Robert Lacey, from associate pastor of Sacred Heart, Yankton, to pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Dakota Dunes.


Father Terry Weber, from assignment outside of the diocese, to pastor of Risen Savior, Brandon.


Father Martin Lawrence, relieved as pastor at St. Mary, Marion, while continuing as pastor of St. Mary, Salem.


Father Thomas Clement, from pastor of St. Mary of Mercy, Alexandria and St. Martin, Emery, to pastor of St. Michael, Herried, St. Anthony, Selby and St. Joseph, Eureka.


Additional appointments and assignments will be published in the July edition of The Bishop’s Bulletin.


Jerome Klein

Pastoral planning process moving north east and north central in the diocese  
Tuesday, June 01, 2010  12:20 PM

The pastoral planning process is moving to the north east and north central parts of the diocese.

Bishop Paul Swain announced that the following north east parishes will begin the planning process in June: St. Anthony of Padua, Hecla; St. John de Britto, Britton; St. John, Veblen; St. Catherine, Sisseton; St. Peter, Sisseton; Sacred Heart, New Effington; St. John the Baptist, Rosholt; St. Joseph, Lake City; St. Joseph, Grenville; Sacred Heart, Eden; Christ the King, Webster; Immaculate Conception, Waubay.

The north central parishes beginning the planning process on July 1 are: St. Joseph, Waverly; Holy Rosary, Kranzburg; St. John, Castlewood; St. Mary, Clear Lake; St. Frances de Sales, Estelline; St. Peter, Gary; St. Henry, Henry; Blessed Sacrament, Florence; St. Peter, Grover; St. Michael, Clark; St. Mary, Bryant; Holy Name, Watertown; Immaculate Conception, Watertown; St. Lawrence, Milbank; Annunciation, Revillo; St. Mary, Wilmot; St. Charles, Big Stone City.

Pastors of the parishes met last month with Deacon Roger Heidt and Deacon Peter Mehlhaff, who will be facilitating the planning processes, to review the process and to discuss the preparations necessary to begin. Included in the discussion was the appointment by the pastors of a parish representative and alternate to represent the parish at the planning meetings.

The first meeting for the north east study group will be on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Eden.

The first meeting for the north central study group will be on July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown.

All meetings of the study groups are open to the public, minutes are posted on the diocesan website and there is time allowed at the end of each meeting for parishioner questions and comments.

Two of the Sioux Falls study groups (north and south) should be complete with their consultation to Bishop Swain by the end of June and the Sioux Falls Central group should be completed by the end of July.

Bishop Swain blesses ground for O’Gorman H.S. arts center  
Tuesday, June 01, 2010  12:18 PM

Bishop Paul J. Swain joins four of the parish pastors from Sioux Falls (top photo) at the blessing and groundbreaking for the new O’Gorman High School Performing Arts Center.

The blessing and groundbreaking happened prior to the end of the school year with completion of the project in the fall of 2011.

Bottom photo is an artist’s rendering of the finished center.

Pictured with Bishop Swain are (top photo, leeft to right) Father Charles Cimpl, St. Michael Parish, Father Joe Vogel, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Bishop Paul J. Swain, Father. James P. Morgan, Holy Spirit Parish and Father Richard Fox, Christ the King Parish.

Diocesan seminarians graduate and head for ordination or summer activity  
Tuesday, June 01, 2010  12:08 PM

Before the diocese’s Ordination to the Diaconate for five seminarians and the Ordination to the Priesthood for three seminarians, some diocesan seminarians graduated from their respective seminaries while others concluded their studies for the school year and headed to summer ministries and activities.

Deacons Daniel Moris and Deacon Dan Smith (top photo, middle row, 1st and 2nd from left) joined Most Rev. Michael R. Cote, D.D., bishop of Norwich, CT and chancellor of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT (top photo, front row, second from left), Rev. Maurice Sheehan, O.F.M. Cap., D. Phil. (Oxon), academic dean (front row, left), Very Rev. Douglas L. Mosey, C.S.B., Ph.D., president-rector (front row, third from the left), Rev. John Hillier, Ph.D., vice rector (front row, fourth from the left) and the other members of their graduating seminary class for a class photo.

The diocesan ordinations to the Priesthood were held May 28 and the Ordinations to the Order of Deacon were held a day earlier on May 27.

The ordinations were celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Aberdeen.

In the bottom photo, Bishop Paul J. Swain (on the right) and Father Paul Rutten, director of vocations (on the left), flank seminarian Jerry Geraets following his graduation from Cardinal Muench Seminary, Fargo, ND.

Bishop Swain was the principal celebrant for the graduation Mass at the seminary.

Geraets, who is from Colman, received his certificate in the seminary chapel during Mass. Geraets graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy/humanities. He plans to attend the Institute for Priestly Formation this summer before attending St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN, where he will continue his studies for the priesthood.


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