Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 12, 2005

Bishop to celebrate Mass at Holy Trinity

The Most Reverend Bishop John Nienstedt will travel to Winsted Friday, Sept. 23 to celebrate an all-school mass at 8:15 a.m. with Holy Trinity students, faculty, and community.  

Bishop Nienstedt will help Holy Trinity kick off the new school year by continuing to instill in the students the importance of the spiritual component in their Holy Trinity education. All are welcome to attend this special mass.

In a recent pastoral letter, Bishop Nienstedt commented on the importance of Catholic schools.  He stated, “The parish, as a local church, is obligated by its mission to preach and teach the faith handed down from Christ through the apostles, and to pass that faith on to the next generation. A Catholic school, then, is a means by which the believing, worshipping community realizes one of the essential goals for which it exists.”  

“I am proud that we have 18 Catholic elementary and 3 Catholic high schools in this diocese,” Bishop Nienstedt continued. “I am grateful to those who attend and support them. Despite the serious pressures being placed upon them, I am committed to their success and the important contribution they are making for the future of our church.”  

Bishop John Clayton Nienstedt was born March 18, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., and ordained to the priesthood July 27, 1974 at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn, Mich., following studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

Bishop Nienstedt holds a bachelor of arts degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary; a bachelor of sacred theology degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University; and a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Institute of Saint Alphonsus, Rome. His doctoral topic was “Human Life in a Test-tube; the Moral Dimension of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer.”

Pope John Paul II named Bishop Nienstedt the Third Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm June 12, 2001. He was installed Aug. 6, 2001.

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