Faith Briefs for March 17

Four Catholic leaders recognized for distinguished service to Catholic Diocese of New Ulm

The Rev. John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, has awarded four Catholic leaders the 2017 Diocesan Distinguished Service Award. The awards presentation will take place immediately following the Bishop Lucker Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls.

The Diocesan Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals in recognition of outstanding service in some leadership capacity to the Diocese of New Ulm.

This year’s recipients are:

Jan Noyes of Marshall has served as president of the New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women from May 2014 through April 2016. As president, Noyes was responsible for presiding at all DCCW officer meetings, attending all regional Council of Catholic Women meetings, and promoting the CCW wherever she went. She continues to serve the DCCW as its immediate past president — a position she will hold until 2018. The post primarily involves providing counsel to the current president and DCCW board. Noyes also continues to serve as chair of the leadership council and as DCCW representative to the New Ulm Diocesan Pastoral Council. Noyes served as treasurer of the Region 3 CCW from 2011 to 2014. She has served as a member of the CCW Province Board, and has served as secretary of that organization since October 2015.

Pamela Osborne of Winthrop has been a member of the diocesan Hispanic Ministry Coordinating Committee for over 10 years. She received the appointment based on her work as director of Religious Education and Hispanic ministry volunteer for the All Saints Area Faith Community, which includes parishes in Gibbon, Fairfax, Franklin and Winthrop. As HMCC member, Osborne further became a member of the subcommittee for planning the consultation to write the Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry, which was promulgated in January 2015. She also served on the committee to help write the plan in 2014. Over the years, Osborne has been very active in her parish, the Church of St. Francis de Sales in Winthrop where she has served as lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, cantor, choir director, volunteer helper at the Friday Mass at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, planner with the Winthrop Ministerial Association, RCIA instructor, and funeral planner.

Kris Anderson of Morgan has served as treasurer for the New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, 2015-2016, and from 2012 to 2014 served as NUDCCW spirituality coordinator. Since 2012, she has been a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, and in 2014 she and her husband Duane served as co-chairs of the Diocesan Ministries Appeal. Twice Anderson has been a chaperone for youth groups attending the National Catholic Youth Conference. At her home parish of the Church of St. Michael in Morgan, Anderson has hosted Bible studies, taught religious education, and served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. From 2012 to 2014 she served as CCW parish president.

Arch Mrkvicka of Owatonna has been executive director of the Friends of San Lucas since January 2013. His involvement with the Diocese of New Ulm and the mission of San Lucas Toliman in Guatemala began when he chaperoned mission trips for teens and adults starting in 2002. In 2012, Bishop John LeVoir established a small committee to ensure the future of the mission. Mrkvicka was a member of that group, and eventually assumed day-to-day leadership of the newly formed Friends of San Lucas nonprofit organization. As executive director of FOSL, Mrkvicka resolved a labor dispute among mission employees, appointed directors of each major mission program, and helped to set up advisory councils and committees for each program to facilitate the work of FOSL with the mission leadership in Guatemala. He has also been in charge of stateside fundraising for the mission.

Diocese of New Ulm to host annual Bishop Lucker Lecture March 23 in Redwood Falls

The annual Bishop Lucker Lecture, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls.

This year’s lecture presenter will be Helen Alvaré, a law professor at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., where she teaches family law, law and religion, and property law. She has also taught law at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and the John Paul II Institute of Marriage and Family, both in Washington, D.C.

The title of Alvaré’s talk is “The Rise of Sexual Expressionism in the Law and the Decline of the Vulnerable.” She will provide an expanded treatment of the topic in a forthcoming book, Putting Children’s Interests First: U.S. Family Law and Policy, due out from Cambridge University Press this fall.

To whet people’s appetite for her talk, Alvaré agreed to do an interview for the Diocese of New Ulm newspaper, The Prairie Catholic. The interview is available at (click Bishop Lucker Lecture).

The public is invited to attend this annual event. There is no registration and admission is free. A reception will follow the lecture.

For further information about the Bishop Lucker Lecture, contact the diocesan Office of Communications, 507-359-2966,

Spring dinner is March 26 in Pipestone

St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Pipestone will have its spring dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the St. Leo Church hall, 415 S. Hiawatha Ave. The menu will include ham, baked potato, baked beans, dinner roll, desserts and beverage. Take-out meals will be available. Adults are $9 and children 5-8 are $4.

Lunch served in Slayton

The Court Queen of Peace is serving lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during Lent on Thursdays at Divine Mercy Hall, St. Ann’s Church, Slayton. The menu includes a baked ham sandwich, salads, assorted desserts. Take-outs are available by calling 507-227-3068.

Soup & Sermon is Wednesday at Holy Redeemer

Holy Redeemer will be hosting Soup & Sermon on the first six Wednesdays during the Lenten season. Serving soup begins at 11:45 a.m. and the sermon will be at 12:05 p.m. in Carlin Hall. All faith denominations are welcome to attend.

Take Note to present programs in Clarkfield, Marshall

Take Note a capella group will present a program at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Life Church in Clarkfield. The program is called “Sing Me a Dream” and features special guests, Madelaine and Elizabeth Padula. The group will also perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Adult Community Center in Marshall. Special guests will be the Marshall High School Beats group.