and Father Dunklee celebrate major ordination milestones in May
Eau Claire, Wis. - Sacred Heart Hospital's long-time chaplains, Father Edmund Klimek
and Father Lawrence Dunklee, have reason to celebrate this May as they both mark major milestone anniversaries of their priestly ordination.
Father Klimek, Sacred Heart Hospital's Senior Chaplain, will celebrate his 55th anniversary of ordination on May 16.
Father Klimek, a native of Arcadia, Wisconsin, attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.
was ordained by Bishop John Treacy on May 16, 1953, at Holy Cross Seminary
in La Crosse.
Father celebrated his
first Mass on May 24, 1953, in Arcadia.
Father's assignments before coming to Sacred Heart Hospital
in June 1968 included assistant pastor at St. Lawrence Parish
in Wisconsin Rapids, religion and sociology instructor at Assumption High School
, and pastor at SS
Peter and Paul Parish
also has served on the Diocese's College of Consultors
, Clergy Personnel Council
, Dean of the Eau Claire Deanery.
Father Klimek is currently a member of the Presbyteral Council.
was elevated to the status of Monsignor in November of 2005.
and Father Dunklee also share responsibilities as the Bishop's Liaisons for Health Affairs for the Diocese of La Crosse
Additionally, an endowment has been established in Father Klimek's
honor, called the Monsignor Edmund Klimek Healing Presence Endowment Fund
In honor of his
40 years of service to Sacred Heart Hospital
, the hospital is paying tribute to Father Klimek's
remarkable ministry into perpetuity by establishing the fund in his
Proceeds of the Monsignor Edmund Klimek Healing Presence Endowment Fund
will support projects and programs representative of Father Klimek's