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St. Leo's Catholic Church

208 1St St. Se

Minot, North Dakota 58701

United States

Company Description

Welcome to St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot, North Dakota. St. Leo's is located in the Bismarck Diocese and was founded in 1889. Our pastor is Father Chris B. Walter and our mission is to bring Jesus to the center of family life. ... more

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Employment History

Catholic Priest

Diocese of Bismarck


Board Member
Minot Catholic Schools

Board Member
Voting Clergy

Diocesan Delegate for Catholic Education
Dickinson Catholic Schools



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Fr. Justin Waltz

Fr. Justin Waltz
Rev. Justin Waltz was ordained on May 29, 2008. He became pastor of St. Leo's on May 29, 2012.

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Fr. Justin Waltz

Fr. Justin Waltz
Rev. Justin Waltz, newly ordained as a priest in the diocese, has been named parochial vicar of St. Leo's, his first assignment as a priest.Father Waltz also will serve as chaplain and instructor at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot.A native of Bismarck, Father Waltz was born Aug. 16, 1976, a son of Theresa and Herbert Waltz.

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Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo's in Minot also expressed surprise when his first offer to cook a meal sold for $2,500 at the Bishop Ryan Hall of Fame Banquet. He said he's come to understand that the attraction is about a priest's love to engage with people and his desire to lead them deeper into their faith. "It's Eucharistic based," Waltz said. "The good Lord has us gathering at every Mass and Jesus based our salvation around a meal."

Waltz explained that there are many activities besides their own cooking where priests engage in socializing and refreshments. For instance, he mentioned Fr. Jaden Nelson's wine tastings with wine brought in from Italy, events at the rectory to thank supporters of the high school's chaplain program, and Waltz's team of several dozen guys that help him brew his own beer for the Theology on Tap program, are all informal gatherings where theology and socializing intersect.
"I can't stress enough, that it's about relationship," Waltz said. He also pointed out that priests welcome invitations to share a meal. "It does not have to be fancy," he said.

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While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo's Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. "The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing," he said during a retreat presentation and added, "The hurt is not gone, it is just buried deep within. Since forgetting... Read More

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While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo's Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. "The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing," he said during a retreat presentation and added, "The hurt is not gone, it is just buried deep within." Since forgetting is not an option given our memories, Waltz said that God has provided an even better remedy-the divine transformation of a resurrection within our souls. He pointed out that Christ himself retained the wounds of his crucifixion. "Had he wanted to, Jesus could have healed his body so completely that even the scars did not exist," he explained. "Christ is not ashamed of these scars, rather he wears them as his testament to his victory over sin and death." Transforming Pain By keeping the scars, he said that Jesus taught us some great truths about suffering. Christ suffered a brutal and humiliating death but resurrected while retaining the scars. Since he has gone before us, Waltz explained that through faith in God, we can trust that nothing is beyond his healing, no matter how deep or how painful. "God goes beyond forgetting. He transforms us and brings us out of the tomb into the light of the resurrection, not only healed but victorious." Waltz stated that God's healing begins with faith in him to heal all things. "Just for a moment, imagine what sort of life and power would be unleashed in your heart if you allowed God to transform your pain into victory," he said. He laid out some of the essentials for recovering from hurts. Regarding those that struggle with the concept of a loving God, he explained that God does not desire our suffering, but it is a fallen world. "God created free will and when he did, this, he tied his hands," Waltz explained. Through human free will, sin and death entered the world. "But in every circumstance that evil occurs, God has created an out, even death in which he has created a place where there is no death, pain or suffering," he said. "Forgiving God really comes down to not holding God responsible for something that he did not do. When we do this, we allow God to do the very thing that God does best--set us free from the pain. Waltz said to recall that God shows us only love and mercy even to the extent of sending his only son to suffer for our sins and save us.

Waltz cautioned, however, that before the transformation, people need to forgive themselves. "The remedy for forgiving ourselves simply lies in allowing Christ's mercy and forgiveness to conquer our self-regret and self hatred. It's as if he reaches into our very hearts and pulls us out of ourselves and into his life. Then, who are we to accuse what he has forgiven?"
Finding Peace Little by Little After the resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus gave us the gift of peace, "Peace be with you. (John 14:27). According to Waltz, it is that peace that people can find through forgiveness. He said that forgiveness does not mean forgetting and nor does it mean necessarily reconciling in all cases when we must forgive others. Instead, he explained that forgiveness of others means removing the debt they owe us. In the Gospel of Matthew18: 23-35 the parable of the unforgiving servant shows that forgiveness means removing a debt-that we no longer hold a person's debt against them. In the story, a servant is forgiven a large debt but then he goes out and refuses to forgive a smaller debt. Thus, just as Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins-a very large debt--we must forgive others. Waltz stated, "It is the very remedy that we seek in order to move on and reconstruct our lives--leaving behind the old and embracing the new. He acknowledged that forgiveness is sometimes beyond us so that we must begin with the desire to forgive and lean on God to take us the rest of the way, little by little, day by day. "But when in the darkness and the hurt we can find it in ourselves to even whisper ever so gently, I forgive you, it's as if there is a genesis of new life that begins and this new life is far stronger than the one that has been taken from us."
Fr. Justin Waltz One problem with healing in our culture according to Waltz is that people often don't understand that it takes time and unlike drive thru restaurants and the Internet, it's not an instant process. "The body does not heal quickly and frankly nor does the soul," he stated. Another problem he said is the tendency for people to want to bury and ignore old wounds. "It is much easier to be angry and resentful or to just cover it up then to have to go through spiritual surgery," he said. Waltz made three recommendations he has seen help people with the process of healing.
Labels:Catholic, Confession, Forgive, Fr. Justin Waltz, Heal, resurrection, St. Leo's Minot

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