Personal Reflections With Monsignor Joseph Senger

Funding for 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.

Related Articles:

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.

Reception with Monsignor Joseph Senger


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