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      Roman Catholic
      Priests of St. Joseph's Colony

      "In 1903, three Oblates, Frs. August Suffa, August Kim, and Mark Kasper were assigned by Archbishop Langevin to the Parish of St. Mary's in Regina. This was te beginning of an important centre for the German Oblates. From Regina missionaries traveled to such places as Clayback, Marquis, Raymore, Quinton, Dilke, Holdfast, Liberty, Windthorst and others. Fr. William Brabender offered the first Mass at Kenaston in 1907."

      "1905 marked the beginning of an important work of the German Oblates in Saskatchewan. In that year, St. Joseph's Colony was started in West Central Saskatchewan under guidance of Mr. F. J. Lange, Fr. Joseph Laufer with the encouragement of Bishop Pascal. Fr. Schweers celebrated the first Mass in the Colony on May 12, at Pascal, near Leipzig. Many of the people of this colony were Russian Germans whose ancestors had moved to Russia in the late 1700's at the request of Catharina the Great. However, in the later 1800's they felt the first movements of the Russian Revolutions and came to Canada looking for more freedom, especially that of religion. Other Germans immigrated there fromt he United States, especially from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. As more settlers moved into the Colony, more missions were established. The names of Frs. Forner, Brabender, Nelz, Bieler, Palm, Meyer, Schultz, Guth, Krist and Schwebius are a part of this history. By 1926, there were 12 Oblates in the Colony serving eleven parishes and about twelves missions."

      Source: St. Mary's Province 1926-1986 - Olbates of Mary Immaculate

      Our Oblate Houses and District

      Unity District

      1. Unity (Missions: Reward)
      2. Denzil
      3. Kerrobert (Missions: Major)
      4. Wilkie (Missions: Leipzig and Handel)
      5. Luseland (Missions: Tramping Lake)
      6. Macklin (Missions: St. Donatus and St. Joseph's Hospital)

      "The harvest is rich, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into his harvest." Luke 10,2

      Name

      Birth

      Death

      Years Served

      Parishes Served

      Henry Bernal 1915   1962-1965 Reward and Salvador
            1965-1967 Denzil
            1970-1973 Wilkie
            1981 Kerrobert
      Joseph Blatz 1939   1966-1967 Unity, Reward and Salvador
      Martin Doll 1926   1970-1972 Leipzig, Handel and Landis
      Nicodemus Feist 1900   1958-1970 Wilkie
      John Fetsch 1918   1946-1947 Grosswerder
            1950-1954 Cosine
            1974-1979 Luseland
            1979-1985 Wilkie
      Valentine Fix 1914   1947-1958 Unity
            1958-1964 Kerrobert
      Nestor Gregorie 1945   1984 Unity and Reward
      George Gruber 1933   1982 Unity
      August Hanus 1923   1962 Reward
            1966-1967 Cosine
            1978 Denzil
      Patrick Herbst 1915   1950-1958 Revenue
            1958-1962 Luseland
            1978 Denzil
      Bernand Hermann 1922   1976-1985 Macklin and St. Donatus
      Francis Hermann 1908   1947-1948 Primate
            1967-1977 Macklin Hospital, Cosine and St. Donatus.
      James Hermann 1915   1940-1942 Revenue
            1942-1943 Salvador
            1944-1947 Luseland
            1947-1958 Wilkie
            1971-1976 Unity
      Anthony Herter 1907   1980-1984 Leipzig, Handel and Landis
      Lester Kaufmann 1929   1973 Wilkie
      Henry Kelz 1900   1940-1994 Denzil
            1950-1958 Macklin
      Kasper Klein 1920   1961-1968 Handel and Landis
            1968-1973 Tramping Lake, Revenue and Broadacres
            1976-1984 Unity and Reward
      Henry Krawitz 1910   1940-1945 Primate
            1948-1950 Cosine
            1954-1956 Cosine
            1959-1962 Primate
      Pius Leibel 1918   1964-1965 Scott and Revenue
            1973-1974 Tramping Lake
            1979 Luseland and Tramping Lake
      Francis Lenz 1921   1950-1951 Denzil
            1951-1952 Leipzig
            1958-1961 Reward
            1967-1972 Denzil
            1977-1981 Kerrobert
      Francis Otterbach 1907   1958-1963 Denzil
            1963-1966 Macklin
      John Peters 1913   1947-1958 Luseland
            1958-1961 Revenue
            1972-1978 Denzil
      Alphonse Prince 1918   1960-1964 Scott
      Carl Prothman 1919   1962-1967 Luseland
            1968-1974 Scott and Reward
            1974-1986 Scott
            1986 Wilkie
      Waldemar Reschny 1928   1968-1970 Leipzig, Handel and Landis
      John Rheidt 1897   1939-1941 Luseland
            1941-1942 Salvador
            1942-1950 Revenue
      Timothy Riffel August 15, 1935   1964-1970 Kerrobert
            1970-1976 Macklin
      Wendlin Roheiser 1935   1984-1985 Leipzig and Handel
            1985 Wilkie, Leipzig and Handel
      Michael Schaltz 1915   1956-1962 Cosine
            1965-1966 Reward
      Anthony Schmidt 1928   1967-1968 Reward and Salvador
            1968 Scott and Reward
            1972-1980 Leipzig, Handel and Landis
      Joseph Schneider 1896   1927-1930 St. Peter's at Cosine
            1930-1932 Denzil
            1933-1942 Handel and Carmelheim
            1966-1967 Chaplin at St. Joseph's at Macklin
      Thomas Schnerch 1891   1938-1939 Macklin
            1953-1962 Tramping Lake
      Alexander Schahum 1920   1935-1938 Scott and Landis
      Egbert Stang 1927   1985 Macklin and St. Donatus
      George Walliser 1910   1939-1943 Grosswerder
            1943-1949 Kerrobert
            1966-1970 Macklin
      Anthony Bergman 1902 in Germany 1936 in Germany 1936 Revenue
      Peter Bieler 1879 in Germany 1970 in Saskatoon 1911-1922 Denzil
            1922-1932 Leizpig
            1931-1938 Scott, Wilkie and Unity
            1947-1955 Primate
            1955-1966 Macklin Hospital as Chaplin
      Henry Boening 1871 in Germany 1956 in Macklin 1931-1956 Leipzig
      Joseph Boening 1890 in Minnesota USA 1974 in Saskatoon 1927-1930 Scott
            1930-1938 Cosine and St. Donatus
            1933 Macklin, Grosswerder and Primate
            1933-1934 Kerrobert
            1939-1940 Scott
            1945-1947 Primate
            1952-1954 Tramping Lake
            1963 Unity
      Francis Demony 1902 1978 1945-1955 Scott
            1963-1968 Leipzig
            1968-1977 Primate and Grosswerder
      August Forner 1875 in Germany 1947 in Prelate 1914-1921 Scott
      John Fuchs 1880 in Germany 1949 in Melville 1933-1935 Macklin
      Philip Funke 1882 in Holland 1951 in North Battleford 1942-1944 Macklin
      Karl Groestschel 1870 in Moravia 1968 in Unity 1926-1958 Reward
            1958-1968 Unity
      Peter Habets 1878 in Germany 1973 in St. Boniface 1932-1948 St. Donatus and St. Peter's
      Ludwig Hermandung 1874 in Germany 1939 in Humboldt 1926-1939 Tramping Lake
      Hubert Hermes 1879 in Germany 1954 in Winnipeg 1941-1942 Macklin
      Joseph Hubbert 1896 in Germany 1976 in North Battleford 1926-1927 Kerrobert
            1934-1943 Kerrobert
            1954-1963 Salvador
      August Kim 1871 in France 1935 in Macklin 1933-1935 Grosserder
      Alphonse Klein 1910 in Germany 1975 in Liebenthal 1962-1964 Broadacres
            1967-1968 Primate
      Anthony Kosolofski 1911 in Germany 1985 in Medince Hat 1907-1912 Pascal
            1912-1921 Leipzig
            1921-1926 Tramping Lake
            1931-1934 Revenue
            1934-1939 Grosswerder
      Peter Leibel 1904 in Russia 1947 in Wilkie 1946-1947 Wilkie
      Hugo Loran 1911 in Allan 1979 in Wilkie 1952-1958 Denzil
            1958-1962 Unity
            1973-1979 Wilkie
      Francis Lutz 1903 in Yugoslavia 1944 in Macklin 1935-1936 Macklin
      Conrad Meyer 1811 in France 1970 in Battlefod 1923-1927 Grosswerder and Cosine
            1935-1942 Revenue
            1942-1947 Salvador
            1947-1954 Kerrobert
            1954-1958 Unity
      Ernest Nelz 1879 in Germany 1948 in Prelate 1913-1916 Leipzig (Handel and Carmelheim)
            1921-1926 Unity, Wilkie and Revenue
            1942-1948 Denzil
      Francis Palm 1881 in Germany 1929 in Macklin 1909-1929 Grosswerder
      Francis Plischke 1893 in Russia 1961 in Winnipeg 1931-1932 Kerrobert
            1941-1943 Denzil
      Joseph Riedinger 1879 in France 1951 in Melville 1941-1944 Denzil
      Alphonse Schaller 1899 in France 1951 in North Battleford 1938-1947 Wilkie
      John Schickler 1900 in Germany 1967 in St. Boniface 1956-1961 Wilkie
      John Baptist Schoenwasser 1878 in Germany 1951 in Montreal 1926-1927 Macklin
            1930-1933 Revenue
            1933-1939 Kerrobert
      William Schulte 1872 in Germany 1945 in Empress Alberta 1923-1924 Handel and Carmelheim
      John Baptist Schultz 1881 in France 1961 in St. Boniface 1910-1911 Grosswerder
            1916-1918 Leipzig (Carmelheim)
            1918-1923 Handel (Leipzig and Carmelheim)
            1923-1930 Denzil
      James Schwebius 1879 in Germany 1968 in St. Boniface Manitoba 1907-1913 Leipzig, Carmelheim and Handel
            1914-1923 Kerrobert
            1955-1960 Wilkie
            1960 Tramping Lake
      Theordore Schweers 1875 in Germany 1961 in Macklin 1905 St. Joseph's Colony
            1905-1913 Pascal (Leipzig)
            1906-1910 Kerrobert
            1906-1908 Luseland
            1907-1908 Grosswerder
            1906-1913 Scott and Wilkie
            1930-1932 Grosswerder
            1932-1940 Denzil
            1940-1953 Tramping Lake
            1953-1957 Unity
      Joseph Sluga 1904 in Germany 1966 in Unity 1942-1948 Handel (Carmelheim and Landis)
            1948-1952 Denzil
            1958-1965 Macklin
            1965-1966 Scott
      Frank Wandler 1922 in Macklin 1972 in Prelate 1962-1971 Unity
      Noah Warnke 1903 in Odessa Russia 1967 in Armstrong, British Columbia 1956-1963 Leipzig

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