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13 priests to be honored at jubilee Mass

Thirteen priests of the Diocese of Sioux City will celebrate milestone anniversaries this year. They will be honored at 4:30 p.m. Mass, May 5, at St. Boniface Church in Sioux City.

Father Raymond P. Wieling and Father Gerald F. Zensen are celebrating 65 years of priestly service. Msgr. Thomas M. Donahoe, Father Robert M. Fangman, Father Dale F. Koster and Father Richard J. Macke are marking 60 years of priestly ministry. Father Robert P. Brown, Father Paul-Louis Arts, Father Laurence J. Burns, Father Robert W. Gralapp and Father Merle F. Kollasch are celebrating 50 years of priesthood while Father Armand J. Bertrand and Father Michael J. Erpelding are noting 25 years of priestly service.

65 years

Father Wieling, a native of Danbury, was educated at Trinity College in Sioux City, St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Bishop Joseph M. Mueller ordained him to the priesthood on June 7, 1949, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Weiling retired from active ministry in 1995. He served at St. Joseph Parish, Le Mars; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Oto, while attending St. Philip Parish, Hornick; St. Michael Parish, Kingsley; St. Mary Parish, Alton; St. Joseph Parish, Salix; and St. Joseph Parish, Neptune.

Father Zensen, a native of Merrill, was educated at Trinity College in Sioux City and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1949, by Bishop Mueller at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Zensen retired from active ministry in 1995. He served at Assumption Parish and Emmetsburg Catholic High School, Emmetsburg; St. Patrick Parish, Estherville; Holy Family Hospital, Estherville; St. Joseph Parish, Granville; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mount Carmel; St. Michael Parish, Whittemore; St. Mary Parish, Dow City, while attending St. Joseph Parish, Buck Grove; Visitation Parish, Maryhill, while attending St. John the Baptist Parish, Quimby; St. Mary Parish, Remsen; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish, Oto, while attending St. Philip Parish, Hornick; and St. Joseph Parish, Anthon.

60 years

Msgr. Donahoe, a native of Fort Dodge, served in the U.S. Navy for two years before going to college. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque and studied theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He later completed post graduate studies in education at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

Msgr. Donahoe was ordained by Bishop Mueller on May 5, 1954, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

He served as at St. Anthony's Home in Sioux City, Sts. Peter and Paul, Carroll; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Patrick Parish, Sheldon; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City and Immaculate Conception in Graettinger. Msgr. Donahoe retired in June of 2002.

Father Fangman of Carroll, a native of Boone, attended Boone Junior College and Creighton University in Omaha, receiving a bachelor of science degree. He took classes in philosophy at Creighton as well as St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Ill. where he also studied theology. He received a master’s in education from Creighton University.

Bishop Mueller ordained Father Fangman on May 5, 1954, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Through the years he served at St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; St. Joseph Parish, Barnum; Gehlen High School, Le Mars; St. Mary Parish, Larchwood; St. Mary Parish, Lake City; Sacred Heart Parish, Manilla and Annunciation Parish in Coon Rapids before retiring in July of 1997.

Father Koster of Carroll, was raised in Breda and attended Loras College in Dubuque and Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo. He received a M.S. in education from Creighton University in Omaha. He holds a Life Superintendent Certificate.

Bishop Mueller ordained Father Koster on May 5, 1954, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Koster served at St. Mary Parish, Danbury; St. Cecelia Parish, Algona; Sacred Heart Parish, Templeton; St. Joseph Parish, Carroll; Sacred Heart Parish, Alvord, while attending Doon; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; Mt. Carmel Parish, Mt. Carmel; St. Mary Parish, Armstrong and St. Joseph Parish, Lohrville, before retiring in July of 1996.

Father Macke of Lake City is a native of Carroll. He attended Loras College in Dubuque and St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind. He received a master's degree from Creighton University in Omaha.

Father Macke was ordained by Bishop Mueller on May 5, 1954, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Macke served at St. Mary Parish, Remsen; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City; Sacred Heart Parish, Boone; Christ the King Parish, Dayton, while attending Lehigh; Holy Angels Parish, Roselle; St. Mary Parish, Humboldt; St. Joseph Parish, Jefferson; St. Ann Parish, Vail; St. Mary Parish, Pomeroy; and St. Joseph Parish in Palmer. Father Macke retired on Oct. 1, 1998.
50 years

Father Brown, who was born in Ayrshire and raised in Emmetsburg, attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. and North American College Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also earned a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Creighton University and completed graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Poggi on Dec. 18, 1963, at Church of Christo Rey in Rome.

Father Brown served at Kuemper High School, Carroll; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and High School, Fonda; St. Thomas Parish, Manson; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; Sacred Heart Parish, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish, Wall Lake; St. Mary High School, Storm Lake; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Mt. Carmel, while attending Maple River; St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; St. Bernard Parish, Breda and St. Louis Parish, Royal. He retired on June 13, 2011.

Father Arts, a native of Carroll, attended Loras College and Mount St. Bernard Seminary, both in Dubuque. He also received a master’s from Creighton University in Omaha.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1964 by Bishop Mueller at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Arts has also served at Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; St. James Parish, Le Mars; Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars; Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona; St. Ann Parish, Vail; St. Mary Parish, Storm Lake; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City and Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City. He has also served as a judge with the diocesan tribunal and as a member of the College of Consultors for the Diocese of Sioux City. He retired in July of 2008.

Father Burns, a native of Emmetsburg, attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque.

Father Burns was ordained by Bishop Mueller on May 30, 1964, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Burns served at St. Joseph Parish, Sioux City; St. Patrick Parish, Estherville; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Sioux City; Sacred Heart Parish, Templeton; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll; Webster Country Team Ministry; Sacred Heart Parish, Early and St. Joseph Parish, Schaller. He retired July 14, 2009.

Father Gralapp, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Manilla and Sacred Heart Parish in Manning, is a Le Mars native. He was educated at Loras College in Dubuque and Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque.

He was by ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Mueller on May 30, 1964, at Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Gralapp has served at Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge; Sacred Heart Parish, Spencer; St. Cecilia Parish, Sanborn; St. Joseph Parish, Hartley; Holy Family Parish, Lidderdale; St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Glidden; Nativity Parish, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish, Granville and St. Lawrence Parish, Carroll. He also served as director of vocations for the diocese. Father Gralapp will retire this July.

Father Kollasch, a native of Whittemore, attended Loras College in Dubuque and American College – Catholic University of Louvain in Louvain, Belgium. He also attended and earned an M.S. Ed. Degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

He was ordained May 30, 1964, by Bishop Mueller at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Kollasch served at Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; St. Joseph Parish, Granville; Spalding High School, Granville; Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, West Bend; St. Casmir and St. Francis of Assisi Parishes, Sioux City; Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Pocahontas and St. Margaret Parish, Rolfe. He also served as vocations director for the diocese. Outside of the diocese, he served as vice rector/spiritual director at American College – Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, and spiritual director at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He retired in July of 2009.

25 years

Father Bertrand, pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Sioux City, is a native of Sioux City. He earned a bachelor’s in music from Morningside College in Sioux City and then earned a master’s in music at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. He attended Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis.

He was ordained to the priesthood on July 22, 1989, by Bishop Lawrence D. Soens at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Bertrand has served at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sioux City; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City; St. Mary Parish and School, Storm Lake; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Fonda; St. Columbkille, Varina; Immaculate Conception Parish, Cherokee; St. John the Baptist Parish, Quimby and Holy Name Parish, Marcus. He also had served as the co-director of the permanent diaconate.

Father Erpelding, a native of Algona, is pastor at St. Joseph and St. Boniface Parishes in Sioux City as well as adjutant judicial vicar with the diocesan tribunal. He attended Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He also received a master’s from the University of Dayton in Ohio and completed graduate studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Bishop Soens ordained him to the priesthood on June 3, 1989, at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Father Erpelding has served at Immaculate Conception Parish, Sioux City; Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll; Kuemper High School, Carroll; St. Mary Parish and High School, Storm Lake; Corpus Christi Parish of Fort Dodge/Webster County Team Ministry and St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge.

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