Father Merle Monnens will preside at a thanksgiving Mass at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Our Lady of the Lakes of Spicer-New London. An open house reception will follow to celebrate his 50th anniversary of ordination.
Father Monnens was born in St. Paul and grew up in Prior Lake. After graduating from Cretin High School in St. Paul in 1948, he went to Nazareth Hall and St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained for the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on June 2, 1956. Catholic Spirit