Thomas D. Knopf-Bigelow
tenure, the young parish had several milestones.
These included its first First Communion, the launch of its website, and the introduction of monastic-style seating during mass.
In 2005, after four years as pastor of the parish, Msgr
ministry of social justice.
In order to do this and to continue his chaplaincy work with the Ramsey County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department, Monsignor Thomas stepped down as pastor of the parish.
He continues to serve the parish as Pastor Emeritus and as member of its board of directors.
celebrates mass at the parish on Christmas and Easter and other times during the year.
ordination to the priesthood.
bishop is Bishop Judd, who leads the Heartland Old Catholic Church
(an Old Catholic community in the Midwest United States).
to the priesthood in 2002.
by the Ramsey County
(Minnesota) Sheriff's Department in 2004.
is an adopted uncle and great-uncle to thirteen children of his
close friends who, according to Vietnamese custom, have adopted him as family.
Dearest to his
has been named "Grandpa #3" (another Vietnamese custom).
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