Friday, March 16, 2007

Benedictine and Crosier pastors to leave archdiocesan parishes

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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will bid a final farewell this summer to two religious orders that have founded and served several area parishes.

The Benedictine community from Collegeville will withdraw June 30 from Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, the last of several parishes it has served in the archdiocese. Although other religious order priests and diocesan priests served the parish for brief periods early in its history, Benedictine priests have been the primary pastors since the parish was first incorporated in 1864.

At the same time, the remaining six members of the Crosier community at St. Odilia in Shoreview will disperse, equally, to their last two communities in the nation — Onamia and Phoenix. The provincial headquarters in Shoreview will close permanently June 30.

Father Timothy Morin was named to serve Holy Name and Father Phillip Rask was named to St. Odilia, both effective Sunday, July 1. Catholic Spirit

Fear not if you think that the religious orders are abandoning us. The 2006 U.S. Catholic Directory indicates that over 100 of the over 450 priests serving in the archdiocese are in religious congregations. Orders that come to mind are the Dominicans, various stripes of Franciscans, Marists, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Paulists and Redemptorists.
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