Personal Reflections With Monsignor Joseph Senger
November 1, 2002
The Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation
is pleased to announce a new videotape available, "Personal
Reflections With Monsignor Joseph Senger.
The Senger family lived in South Russia for more than one hundred
years, after immigrating from Riedselz, Alsace-Lorraine Germany
(present day France). They left Russia at the turn of the 19th century
to homestead in north central North Dakota. It was a life of hardship
and simple pleasures but also one of joy, strongly grounded in faith.
In this program, Monsignor Senger shares the memories and stories
of his childhood. You'll hear about his mother and father, life
in Russia, and in rural North Dakota. You'll experience what it
was like growing up as a German from Russia boy on a farm in Orrin,
ND. He relates his calling to God and talks about a vocation that
has taken him from the farmlands of North Dakota to positions in
Germany and at the Vatican. He also talks about returning to his
roots and the joy of being a parish priest in Bottineau, Milnor-Stirum,
Knox-Fillmore, Grand Forks, and Velva-Karlsruhe, North Dakota. Monsignor
Senger shares his fondness of wrought-iron crosses.
He also shares his story of the emotional and unforgettable visit
in 2001 to Ukraine and the village of Strassburg in the Kutschurgan
District, near Odessa, Ukraine, where he was able to say a Mass
at the village of Selz, in the Basillica of the Assumption of Mary,
once considered to be the most ornate and beautiful church in the
Black Sea area.
Major funding for this videotape was provided by the Germans from
Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Libraries,
To purchase the videotape, send $25 for each tape plus postage
and handling of $4 payable to NDSU Library. Mail to: Germans from
Russia Heritage Collection, Monsignor Joseph Senger Videotape, NDSU
Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599. The website to order
the videotape is: library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/tapes/sengertape.html.
to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
by contacting Michael