Father Augustine Leaves Strasburg.

Vol. 5, No. 8, Dakota Catholic Action, 1 May 1947.

Rev. Augustine Fox, O.S.B., pastor of St. Peter and Paul’s Church of Strasburg for the past twenty years, has retired because of ill health. When it became known that Father Augustine was leaving Strasburg, the priests of Emmons County Deanery had a farewell gathering for him to express their esteem and appreciation and to extend their best wishes to him on his retirement.

Ever true and loyal to the Catholic priest, the good people of St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Strasburg, gathered in large numbers in the church hall on Tuesday evening March 23, to show their love and gratitude to their beloved pastor who had served them so long and so faithfully. He will be remembered long as a kind father, devoted at all times to the welfare of his people. He could, indeed, say, “I know mine and mine know me.”

Under the direction of Mr. J. G. Baumgartner, Jr., the high school band rendered several musical numbers which were interspersed with songs by the high school student body. An address of welcome was given by Mayor Michael Schumacher. Miss Romana Keller represented the student body in expressing their appreciation of Father Augustine. Mr. Joseph P. Wickenheiser spoke in behalf of the Central Verein and the Catholic Men’s Union, and Father Niebler in behalf of the clergy of Emmons County Deanery. Father Charles, the new pastor, was the master of ceremonies. The people of Strasburg, indeed, regret the departure of Father Augustine from their midst.

In his retirement from active duty Father Augustine will continue to serve God and God’s Church by his prayers. The good wishes and prayers of all the people of Strasburg and all the clergy of Emmons County will follow him.

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