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Diocese announces priest appointments

The Rev. Arlie Sowada is the new pastor of the Catholic churches of St. Frederick in Verndale, St. Hubert in Blue Grass and Assumption of Our Lady in Menahga. The three churches had been without a full-time priest for some time.

According to the St. Cloud Visitor website, Bishop John Kinney appointed Sowada to be the pastor of the three churches, effective June 30, along with other assignments around the Diocese of St. Cloud.

Sowada had previously served at St. Olaf Church in Elbow Lake and St. Gall Church in Tintah.

St. Frederick's Church declined a request for an interview.

There were several other clergy transitions in the area.

The Rev. Peter VanderWeyst is the new pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Bertha, the Christ the King Church in Browerville and St. Joseph's Church in Clarissa, previously served by the Rev. Ralph Zimmerman.

The. Rev. Joseph Korf is new pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Staples and St. Michael's Church in Motley, previously served by the Rev. Ronald Schmelzer.

The Rev. LeRoy Schik, while continuing as pastor of St. Edward's Church in Henning, has gone from parochial vicar to pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Battle Lake and St. James at Maine in rural Underwood.