Word for Word 11/4/20

Fr. John Moser
Fr. John Moser

Since this is my first article in the Waukon Standard in almost 30 years, I thought it would be a good idea if I took a few lines and introduced myself. I arrived to serve the parishioners in Waukon, Hanover and Dorchester on July 13 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This is my eighth assignment in 34 years since my ordination to the priesthood.

I was born in Guttenberg, the youngest of five children. My family moved to a farm near Elkader when I was two years old. I attended St. Joseph Catholic School until it was closed - 1st thru 4th grade; I am a graduate of Central Community High School (Elkader) in 1977, Iowa State University in 1981, and the St. Paul Seminary (Twin Cities) in 1986. My hobbies include the following: bicycling, fishing, flowers, and motorcycling.

On May 24, 1986 I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

My assignments as a priest have been: Resurrection Church, Dubuque - Waukon, Lycurgus, West Ridge - Holy Family Church, Mason City - Riceville, New Haven, Chester - Protivin, Little Turkey, Fort Atkinson - Osage, Stacyville, Meyer, St. Ansgar - Lansing, Harpers Ferry, New Albin, Wexford.

One of my favorite scripture verses has been “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! - Philippians 4:4. On November 1, in the gospel for All Saints Day Jesus says, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” - Matthew 5:12

Let us pray: Lord, teach us to love and show us how we are called to be saints. Give us clean and joyful hearts, inspire us to be a witness to your love, bless us with your grace to be meek and merciful. May we rejoice in You always. Amen.

Fr. John Moser
St. Patrick Catholic Church Waukon

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