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Father Dempsey dies after being struck while riding bicycle

Father Dennis Dempsey, who served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for 41 years, died Oct. 25 after being struck by a motorist in Rosemount while riding his bicycle. He was 73. According to a story in the Star Tribune, the motorist had been convicted 10 times for driving with a revoked license and may be charged in this incident.

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Venezuela mission has served spiritual and ‘basic human needs’ for more than 50 years

In late 1970, two priests from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis traveled to Ciudad Guyana in Venezuela in time to celebrate Christmas Mass, said Deacon Mickey Friesen, director of the Center for Mission. At that point, Father Don Schnitzius, who served as director of the archdiocese’s Society for the Propagation of the Faith, proclaimed that the archdiocese would assist that metropolis.

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Priest in Venezuela ‘pedals’ Palm Sunday blessings

Father Dennis Dempsey got creative when churches in Venezuela were closed to public Masses due to a recent COVID-19 outbreak. He ministers in San Felix at Jesucristo Resucitado, a mission parish of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It is comprised of 11 neighborhoods, or barrios, all within walking distance of the church.

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