By Steve Peterson
While a student at Spalding Catholic High School in Granville, pursuing a career as a priest was always “in the back of my mind,” said Rev. Douglas Klein, the new leader of western Sioux County parishes and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron.
“It was more to the forefront when I was at Creighton University involved with service trips. I have also been at Glen Mary Home Missionary in Cincinnati, Ohio and returned to northwest Iowa to work in campus ministry for two years at Briar Cliff University,” said Klein.
As of July 20 and 21 Masses, Klein, pastor for the last 10 years at Christ King Church in Sioux Center, will add St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s of Hawarden to his cluster with Associate Pastor Rev. Jeremy Wind.
“There will be some adjustments. Anytime there is change in life there is challenge,” said Klein.
Klein is well known to the Spanish speaking mass attendees at St. Mary’s as he has been saying that mass for six years.
“Since I’ve been assigned here I’ve heard a lot of positives about St. Patricks,” said Klein.
Klein studied theology at Laverne, Belgium. “I’m a Catholic priest who knows some Dutch,”
Klein is the youngest of three brothers who was raised on a farm near Hospers. Other interests include taking care of his two dogs and running and walking.
Rev. Roger Linnan was feted at both parishes he has served since 2009 at St. Mary’s and 2011 at St. Patricks.
Linnan’s Jubilee celebration of priesthood years was celebrated last June. He was ordained on May 26, 1962 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany of Sioux City.
Linnan graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Pocahontas; Notre Dame University in Notre Dame, Ind, and Loras College of Dubuque. He has a master of arts degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He has a doctorate of philosophy from Boston College of Chestnut Hill, Mass., in 1971; was assistant superintendent in the Office of Religious Education from 1971 – 1986; was a Carmelite Monastery Chaplain.
His first assignment was of temporary assistant at Corpus Christi Parish of Fort Dodge. He served as a member of the Bishop Heelan Catholic School faculty from 1962 – 1968; permanent diaconate director, 1077 to 1991.
Recent parishes Rev. Linnan has led included St. Thomas of Manson, Iowa, 1987 – 1989; St. Joseph of Jefferson, Iowa, and Grand Junction Parish, 1989 – 1996; St. Francis of Assisi Parish of Rockwell City and Men’s Reformatory Chaplain of Rockwell City, 1996 – 1907; Sacred Heart of Spencer, 1997 – 2008; and Our Lady of Assumption and St. Joseph of Neptune, 2008 – 2009.
Rev. Roger Linnan, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Hawarden and St. Patrick’s of Akron, was honored with a reception at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall on July 7. A similar event is planned for St. Mary’s on July 14, with a dinner for parishioners at 11:30 a.m. and an open house from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Linnan said he will miss both parishes.
“I’ve met so many good people in such a short amount of time,” said Linnan.
“It’ll be scary,” said Linnan of retirement. “I’ll be available to substitute preach or maybe I’ll go back to teaching.”
Mass times announced
The changes will take effect as of July 20 – 21 weekend masses.
Saturday Mass will be moved to 5:00 p.m. instead of 4:00 p.m. and will be for St. Patrick and St. Mary’s churches, at St. Patrick for three months (July, August and September) then at St. Mary’s in Hawarden for three months (October, November and December).
Sunday Mass will be moved to 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick and stay at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s with a Spanish Mass at Hawarden at 12:30 p.m.