Fr. Thomas Knoblach, Pastor
Fr. Tom was born in 1961, the youngest of four children of Alois and Mary (Steinbach) Knoblach. He was baptized at St. Anthony’s and grew up in St. Peter’s parish, St. Cloud. Fr. Tom is a graduate of Cathedral High School (1979) and entered the seminary in 1981. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona in 1983 and studied at the North American College and Angelicum University in Rome. Fr. Tom was ordained on June 13, 1987 for the Diocese of St. Cloud.
Fr. Tom has served the parishes of Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids and St Anthony’s in St. Cloud as associate pastor. As pastor, Fr. Tom has served the parishes of St. Mary’s in Milaca, St. Ann’s in Wadena, St. Joseph’s in Bertha, St. Edward’s in Henning, St Charles in Herman, St. Mary’s in Chokio, St. Wendelin’s in Luxemburg, and St. Anne’s in Kimball prior to coming to the cluster of Holy Spirit, St. Anthony, and St. John Cantius in June of 2007.
Fr. Tom was asked to return to graduate studies in Houston (M.A. in Philosophy, 1994) and St. Louis (Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics, 2003). In addition to his parish work, Fr. Tom is the Consultant for Healthcare Ethics for the Diocese of St. Cloud. He also serves on several committees and boards on issues related to theology and ethics.
Fr. Tom enjoys reading, biking, walking, woodworking, and auto mechanics.
Parochial Vicar, Fr. Greg Sauer
I am excited to be serving this community as my first assignment as a priest.
I grew up on a hobby farm near Long Prairie. I am the second of ten children, three boys and seven girls, and we were homeschooled through twelfth grade. After high school, I attended North Dakota State University for two years where I studied mechanical engineering. While I was there, I discerned that I was called to go to seminary. I entered seminary in 2012 and went St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas. After graduating from there, I remained at St. Thomas and attended the St. Paul Seminary. I was ordained a priest June 15, 2019, becoming the youngest priest in the Diocese of St. Cloud, taking that title from Fr. Derek!
I enjoy unicycling, reading, playing card and board games, farming, being outdoors, and learning about how things work. I am looking forward to ministering here, being a part of this community, and serving the Lord. Please feel free to reach out to me to sit down and have a chat or invite me to your home. I do not have a lot of experience, but I look forward to learning what it means to be a priest for Jesus Christ. Please keep me in your prayers!
Deacon Frank Ringsmuth
Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry - St. John's University School of Theology
Ordained by Bishop John Kinney on June 11, 2011, the feast of St. Barnabas
I am humbled and honored to have been chosen to serve the priests and the people of God as a permanent deacon. Like most permanent deacons, I live a dual vocation - married to Laura for 33 years, and now serving the Church in a special way as a deacon. I understand the diaconate to be a visible sign of God's work in and through his people.
Of all my experiences during diaconate formation, I want to mention three that were foundational to my ministry as a deacon. First, I spent a semester ministering to people who were in hospice care, journeying through their final stage of life on earth. Although each person was unique, I was moved by the sense of peace and the strong faith most of those in hospice demonstrated to me. It was a joy to pray and spend time with those in hospice. Second, my work in our parish cluster's RCIA program afforded me the opportunity to use what I have been learning in formation to dialogue with those who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. Finally, I spent three weeks in the Holy Land in May 2010, walking in the steps of our Lord and the first disciples. That was an exceptional experience, which added depth to my understanding of the Scriptures, a depth I will enjoy sharing through homilies and opportunities to teach in my ministry.
Lucy Schwieger - Parish office