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Sunday—8:15 & 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM
The Diocese of Winona offers a televised Mass each Sunday at 9:00 AM. In order to offer this, it is recorded at various parishes within the diocese. It is our turn to host. Please consider joining us for one (or more) of these Masses on FRIDAY, JULY 29 at 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00 PM.
For the past 7 years, Dan served as Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Jude Parish in Peoria, IL, while teaching Pre-K through 8th grade music classes in the parish school. Before arriving at St. Jude, he spent 5 years teaching music in public schools: 2 years as a middle school music teacher in Maplewood, MN, and 3 years as a high school choir director in Beloit, WI.
Even though Dan began his career in public education, the seeds of his calling in music ministry were planted long ago. While in elementary school, his parents formed a “family choir” at their local parish. From 4th grade through high school, Dan's family led music at Mass a few times per month. His mother was the pianist/organist, his father was the cantor, and his older sister and two younger brothers rounded out the choir.
These formative years of parish ministry, combined with Dan's musical training in high school and college (St. John’s University, ’04), provided fertile soil for the Spirit to cultivate. In 2009, Dan heard and answered the call to serve the Church and began his work in parish ministry at St. Jude.
After the first few years there, he discerned the need for additional liturgical and theological formation. In 2012, Dan began graduate studies at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN and graduated last July with an M.A. in Music with an emphasis in Church Music and Liturgy.
A note from Dan: While no amount of education, experience, or formation could adequately prepare me to “take the reins” from Cathy Nelson, I will do my best to continue her tradition of excellence, in collaboration with the phenomenal music ministry team here at Holy Spirit. My family and I are delighted to call Holy Spirit our new home—once again, thank you for welcoming us into your community of faith!
Please help us to extend a warm welcome to Dan!
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