Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 13, 1998

New priest already busy at Holy Trinity

By MAGGIE SCHUETTE-VOSS

In three weeks, there have been a few changes at Holy Trinity, under the leadership of Father Paul Wolf.

He recites the list:

"Well, we've hired eight new teachers, hired a business manager and a parish secretary. We're getting computer hookups in all the classrooms;

"A computer lab with 15 computers is going into the business classroom. We're planning on another 15 in the media resource center.

"We're moving the high school office to the main entrance. We're going to put new windows in the high school and a new roof on the elementary school. The gym floor will be sanded and resealed.

"We've been doing a lot of maintenance projects, painting the halls and the classrooms."

(Father Paul claimed he can keep up with custodian/painter Bob Kegler.)

"We'll be putting in a lot of new carpeting, and we have a new bookkeeping, census, and payroll program called parish data systems," he said.

Wolf will also be both the school's superintendent and high school principal.

A native of New Ulm, Wolf graduated in 1975 from Cathedral High School. He graduated from St. Mary's in Winona in 1979 with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and minors in math and art. He attended St. Paul seminary and was ordained in 1983.

His first appointment was to St. Mary's in Sleepy Eye where he was associate pastor for two years. That was followed by two years as associate pastor at St. Mary's in Willmar.

For seven years, he was pastor at three churches ­ St. Joseph's in Rosen, St. John's in Ortonville, and St. James in Nassau.

During the last four years, he has been pastor at St. Anne's in Wabasso and St. Mary's in Seaforth.

Wolf said he does not remember when he decided to enter the priesthood.

"There was no big event in my life. It was something I grew into.

"I love people and I saw the (example of the) commitment and respect given by the other priests," he said.

It is the administrative duties and the rituals of the church Wolf enjoys.

"It's the holy ordering, making things work in a disorganized life," he said.


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