Monsignor Joseph Senger
the documentary videotape provided by the Germans from Russia
Cultural Preservation Foundation,
produced by Roadshow Productions, Fargo, ND,© 2002
Germans from Russia Cultural Preservation Foundation.
Fargo, ND. Personal Reflections with Monsignor Joseph Senger,
a joint production with North Dakota State University Libraries,
Fargo, ND, videorecording, 60 minutes, 2002, DVD
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,
near to where his mother was born.
Monsignor Senger standing in wheat field
near Odessa, Ukraine, May 2001.
Monsignor Senger at Saints Peter and
Paul Catholic Church, Karlsruhe, North Dakota, August 2001.
Ordination photograph of Father Joseph Senger.
Monsignor Senger blessing the bread at the
orphanage in the former German village of Landau, Beresan
District, today near Odessa, Ukraine, May 2001.
Johnson, Andrea. "Continuing
to Minister." Minot Daily News, 1 May 2004.
Kittelson, Cindy. "A
Heavenly Star Shines: Monsignor Joseph Senger
Shares his Personal Story on Film." Velva Area Voice, 24 October 2002, 1.
Kittelson, Cindy. "You
can go Home Again." Velva Area Voice, 14 November 2002.
with Monsignor Joseph Senger
Personal Reflections With Monsignor Joseph
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