By Jen Bakken
DELANO, MN Father Christopher T. Wenthe has finished unpacking and already feels at home as the new priest for the Delano Catholic Community.
As a child growing up in Minneapolis, Wenthe attended Catholic school, and early on, developed a love of the outdoors.
“I love to fish and hunt,” said Wenthe. “My interest in the outdoors developed because of my father and best friend.”
Each spring, his father would take him and his brothers to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area or to Canada for fishing and camping.
Wenthe continues to enjoy fishing, as well as hunting deer, ducks, pheasant, and turkey. Now, he also finds the challenge and serenity of bow hunting a good hobby to relax and meditate.
Priesthood was not originally part of his plan. After working as an electrical engineer for nine years, he felt God calling him and he was ordained May 31, 2003.
Since that time, Wenthe has worked at Nativity in St. Paul, St. Michael’s in Pine Island, St. Paul’s in Zumbrota, and St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s in Stillwater.
He had suspected a transfer from Stillwater, and when he heard about moving to Delano, he felt it was a wonderful assignment. He hopes to continue with a building project for handicap access for the church in Delano, which is something he finds very important.
Wenthe performed his first Sunday Mass in Delano May 21.
“My interest is to continue to promote the mission of the Catholic church,” he said, “and be present for people as they search for God.”
For awhile, Wenthe was tripping over boxes as he became familiar with his new surroundings, but he is now unpacked and has even started a garden.
“Delano is a beautiful town with great urban and rural elements,” he said. “The people here are very warm and kind. The church members I find very faith-filled.”
For more information about the Delano Catholic Community or to read Wenthe’s frequent web site posts, visit www.dealanocatholic.com.