Ss. Michael, Mary, Brendan

Church of St. Michael                      --                      Church of St. Mary                      --                      Church of St. Brendan
    Gaylord, MN                                                           Arlington, MN                                                          Green Isle, MN   

Area Faith Community
Church of St. Brendan
221 McGrann Avenue
P. O. Box 85
Green Isle, MN  55338

Office:                             507.326.1234
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Called to the
"Order of the Diaconate"
April 21, 2012

Tim and Debbie Dolan
Timothy Dolan

Age:  61
Spouse:  Debbie
Children:  Matthew, 32; Laura, 29; Christopher, 27
Home Parish:  St. Michaels, Gaylord
Occupation:  Extension educator with the University of Minnesota (retired); farmer

Previous Church and/or parish involvement:
Confirmation instructor, song leader, lector, Assistant Director of Religious Education, and member of the 
education committee

Tell us something about your call to become a deacon:
My call came in a dream in which our Lord called me from the boat to follow him over the rough waters.  No dream in my life has been more memorable than when He pulled my doubting self from the water . . .  I awoke in a cold sweat and knew I had a calling.  The next thing I did was to contact Deacon Mark Kober.  The rest is history.

What was the most significant or memorable part of your diaconate formation?
My most memorable moment . . .  was the time spent at St. Meinrad's Seminary in Indiana.  It was a very peace-filled time.  It was also very invigorating to focus on preaching.  I learned how to organize my thoughts and then share God's message.

What are some ministries you hope to pursue as a deacon?
My life of serving the agricultural community will be an asset in communicating with many people in the diocese.  I hope to become better versed in the Spanish language to help serve the Hispanic community.

Reprinted with permission from "The Prairie Catholic"
Diocese of New Ulm
April, 2012

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of
St. Mary in Sleepy Eye,
Bishop John M. LeVoir ordained 11 men to the Order of the Diaconate.
This is the first group of men to be ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese
of New Ulm.
An open house reception followed at the Eagles
Club in Sleepy Eye.
Dee Czech receives "Woman of the Year" award at
 New Ulm Diocese Council of Catholic Women convention
Dee Czech, a member of the Church of St. Mary received the Woman of the Year at the New Ulm Diocese Council of Catholic Women Convention at the Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall on Saturday, April 28.  Bishop John M. LeVoir presented the prestigious award for Czech's outstanding work in parish, community, and diocesan offices.  The information submitted by St. Mary's Council of Catholic Women (CCW) recognized her for  
years of volunteerism and service on NUDCCW Executive Board and as its president for two years. Czech also has served as historian of the parish, regional, and diocesan levels. In the past years, Czech served as St. Mary's CCW president, secretary, and chairperson of the Legislative Committee. 
​How has this woman carried on the mission of Christ   in her family?

Dee is a stellar example of how to go into the world and lead others into a life of prayer, study, and service.  She exemplifies a gentle, spirit-filled woman who instills these traits within her family and others members of the family of God.  She has been married 48 years and has two sons and three grandchildren.  As a devoted wife and mother she prayerfully read the Bible, actively discussed the scriptures with family, diligently prepared her children for the sacraments, and ensured they attended religion classes and parish youth activities.  She and her husband, Dave, continue Bible study and lead a prayerful life.  As grandparents they are integral parts of their grandchildren's lives.  Personal care and spiritual support were provided to their elderly parents in their home until their deaths.  
How has this woman carried on the mission of Christ in her church?

In her parish, she has been a lector, Eucharistic Minister, cantor, choir members, librarian, elementary/secondary religious education teacher for 20-plus years, and has served several years on the education committee.
As Adult Education coordinator, she was instrumental in starting and leading parish and interfaith Bible study groups, arranging retreats for married couples, and has championed environmental and global warming issues implementing workshops on timely issues.  For several years, she directed Vacation Bible School and was instrumental in organizing and implementing Renew I and II programs.  She has served on the Diocesan, Regional, and Parish Pastoral Councils and has led the parish Prayer Network.  She has worked with the MCCL County Chapter and was the recipient of the Diocesan Distinguished Service Award.  As an associate member of the SSND, she participates in their projects.

How has this woman carried on the mission of Christ in her community?

As an elementary school teacher for 35 years, this candidate was a driving force in pursuing full-year kindergarten.  Since retirement, she is active, she is active in the professional growth of women educators and serves as its chairperson.  In 1995, she became active in environmental issues involving restoration of the Minnesota River, including its spiritual dimensions.  As a county member of the Minnesota River Watershed Alliance, she promotes its mission to preserve clean water for future generations.  Dee has also assisted with Meals  on Wheels, planned and presented the World Day of Prayer, and assisted in the creation of a community library.

​How has this woman carried on the mission of Christ in the Council of Catholic Woman?

​Several times Dee has served as our CCW president or secretary.  Attending meetings regularly, this person often chairs and donates time and items for fundraising and CCW projects.  Currently, she is on the Legislative Commission.  For many years she served on the NUDCCW Executive Board and served as its president in 1993-94.  She has been Historian for the Diocesan, Regional, and Parish CCW.  In 1981, she compiled a parish history.  She has attended numerous Province and National Conventions.  When on the Diocesan Boad, she headed the committee, "Earth in Our Hands."  As a four-year member of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bishops Conference, she traveled to Baltimore, MD, twice a year.
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