A familiar face can be found in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church as Father Steven Wirth, who grew up on a farm just outside of Munich joins the church.
Posted on 7/16/16
By Melissa Anderson
“It is a welcome surprise that I would be assigned to my home county,” Father Wirth said.
“This is actually my first assignment,” Father Wirth added, “I was ordained a priest on June 4 by Bishop John T. Folda in Fargo. Prior to that I was doing my graduate theology studies at The Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.”
In his studies, Father Wirth spent a lot of time on hypothetical situations in hypothetical parishes.
“Now that I am in a real parish I look forward to being with the people and serving them,” Father Wirth said.
He is also looking forward to celebrating Masses, preaching, bringing Communion, and hearing confessions.
“Simply put, I look forward to just being a priest and serving my parishioners,” Father Wirth said.
Father Wirth’s first Sunday Masses were on the weekend of July 2 and 3 in Langdon. On the weekend of July 9 and 10, he held his first Mass in Nekoma and Wales, where he is also assigned.
Father Wirth looks forward to joining the community and being a part of various events.
“At this point I am keeping my ears open to whatever community events are going on,” Father stated, “I think it is important for a priest to be out and about beyond just the Church matters.”
Father Wirth explained that by being out and involved in the community it will allow him to meet more people and to see them in other contexts of life rather than just church.
For now, Father Wirth can easily be found attending a few American Legion baseball games during the summer.
“I used to play Legion ball in my high school years for Munich. Back then Langdon was a rival, now they are my home team,” Father Wirth shared.
Father Wirth is the youngest of five siblings, having two older brothers and two older sisters. For hobbies, he enjoys spending time with others over board games, strategy games, or card games.
If you would like to get a hold of Father Wirth, call 256-5966.