Letter from Father Joseph Senger, Pastor
Sts. Peter & Paul Church
Karlsruhe, North Dakota 58744
Dear Members and Friends of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church,
The Catholic Faith and the Catholic Church have been the heart
and the center of the lives of our people for many generations.
This year is a special year for us. We celebrate the 100th anniversary
of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, as well as the 100th anniversary
of the State of North Dakota.
This is the perfect time for all who are associated with Saints
Peter and Paul Parish of Karlsruhe, North Dakota, to reflect on
our great history and past.
Our beautiful church building dedicated to the great Apostles,
Peter and Paul, indicates the strong Faith our Parents and Grandparents
had. They brought this Faith with them from South Russia, where
our German ancestors settled.
At the present time we may think the church building is too large.
However, in decades past, it was always filled to capacity, resounding
with vibrant song and prayer and Faith. The large families of the
past gathered to worship the Father in Heaven, who guided and strengthened
them on their journeys through life.
The paintings of the Saints are an altogether extraordinary part
of our church. These paintings are so artistic, and so precious.
They cannot be found duplicated in any church for many hundreds
of miles in any direction. They are the artistic creation of a man
who loved his Faith.
We are proud, and at the same time humbled, that we have inherited
so precious a gift, a genuine work of art. The Faith and the Treasures
of Art, given to us, need to be passed on to the next generation.
In this, our Centennial year, we pray in thanksgiving for the
Faith and Treasures we have received. We pray too, that this Faith
and this Art, will always be precious to our children. May God bless
us all, always.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Joseph Senger, Pastor