The Wanderer, July 24, 2008
By FR. RICHARD M. HOGAN
Bishop- elect John LeVoir, appointed as the fourth bishop of New Ulm, Minn., on July 14, 2008 by Pope Benedict, has been a very good friend of mine since the summer of 1977. I was tied to St. Agnes Parish in St. Paul, Minn., because my priest-uncle, the late Msgr. Richard J. Schuler, was pastor there. Bishop-elect LeVoir, together with his parents, were parishioners at St. Agnes. Msgr. Schuler inspired me to think of the priesthood and by the summer of 1977, I was ready to consider beginning my seminary education at the St. Paul Seminary. Bishop-elect LeVoir was in a similar position and Msgr. Schuler suggested that the two of us visit with one another. One day that summer, the future bishop came over to my parents’ home where I was living and we visited for some hours, exchanging personal histories and hopes for the future. We were both planning on entering the seminary in the fall of 1977 and were hoping to be archdiocesan priests of St. Paul and Minneapolis.