St. Boniface Celebrates 100th Birthday
"St. Boniface Celebrates 100th Birthday." Napoleon Homestead, 8 June 2005, 1.
St. Boniface Catholic Church, rural Kintyre, celebrated
it's 100th birthday on its feast day, Sunday, June 5, 2005. St.
Boniface church was started February 19, 1905 as a mission of St.
Mary's Church of Bismarck.
||Clergy and mass servers
who celebrated the centennial Mass of St. Boniface on Sunday
were, front row, left to right: Kelsey Weigel, Tyler Weigel,
Fr. Don Leiphon, Mark Weigel; then back left to right: Fr.
Joseph Goehring, Fr. David Syverson, Fr. James Cheney, Deacon
Gary Schumacher, Fr. James Gross, Bishop Samuel Aquila, Fr.
Andrew Roehrich, Deacon Allan Baumgartner, Fr. Abbot Brian
Wangler, Fr. Andrew Jasinski.
|Parishioners and others
gathered outside the St. Boniface church following the Centennial
Local parishioners and hundreds traveled from far and wide to
St. Boniface to take in the 2:00 p.m. mass and visit the church,
cemetery and rectory. The Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Bishop of the
Fargo Catholic Diocese, celebrated the mass and had as concelebrants,
Rev. Donald Leiphon the local pastor, Father Abbot Brian Wangler
and Andrew Roehrich (both native sons of St. Boniface) on the
altar along with Deacons Gary Schumacher and Allan Baumgartner.
In addition to the concelebrants other former area priests in
attendance included Fr. Dave Syverson, Fr. Joseph Goehring, Fr.
James Cheney and Fr. Andrew Jasinski.
In his homily Bishop Aquilla said in part, "We would not
be here today if it
wasn't for the faith. The patron Saint - St. Boniface had the
courage to follow
the word of the Lord and urged others to come and follow me."
that this is why this rural church community is so strong. He
attributes it all
to the faith of the people. In conclusion he said, "My heart
is filled with joy
to be with you today!" Following the afternoon church service
people spent time
on the church grounds and in the cemetery reminiscing. A 5:00
p.m. meal, which
was sold out a couple weeks ago, was served at the Napoleon American
Hall where approximately 440 people were served. Allan Weigel
was the local
master of ceremonies for the program which followed the meal.
A few former
priests and nuns recounted some of their fondest memories while
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