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Bio: Father Alan Wielinski was born and raised in Little Falls Minnesota. He attended Crosier Seminary High School and Junior College in Onamia, St. John’s University and School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota. Fr. Alan was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George Speltz on June 2, 1984. He has served at many parishes around the diocese. Most recently, before coming to Our Lady of Victory in July of 2013, he served for six years as pastor of the newly twinned parishes, St. Peter and St. Paul in St. Cloud. While pastoring at St. Leonard’s in Pelican Rapids and St. Elizabeth in Elizabeth, Fr. Alan also was engaged in Hispanic ministry and received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry with a Hispanic emphasis from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. Fr. Alan enjoys people, music of many kinds, spiritual reading and keeping up with world news, bicycling and walking, and travel. His favorite saint is Francis of Assisi who calls forth from all of us a more radical commitment to Christ and to peacemaking.
Deacon Chuck Kampa
Bio: Sharon and Chuck have been married for 41 years. They have three children and four grandchildren but are always looking for more of the latter! Chuck is retired from the Veteran’s Medical Center in St Cloud, where he worked for thirty-five years and from the Army Reserve in which he served for thirty-two years. Chuck studied at St John’s University School of Theology and received his Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2006 and was ordained a Deacon on June 10, 2006 at St Mary’s Cathedral. Chuck served as a deacon at St Mary’s Cathedral for three years before coming at OLV. He moved here in June of 2009 and has said, "it has been the best move I could have asked for."
Bio: Dean Pawlowski grew up in Warren, MN. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, he took a job with Otter Tail Power Company. After marrying Sarah, Dean moved to Fergus Falls, where he continues to work for Otter Tail Power as a Principal Engineer in the transmission contracts department. Sarah and Dean have two kids, Will and Sophia. Dean was ordained to the Order of Permanent Diaconate in June of 2018. His ministries include working with the youth, teaching religious education classes, visiting the sick, social concerns, and assisting with liturgy.
ACC Financial Director/Faith Formation Administrator
Bio: Mayme Hofland, a Fergus Falls native has been involved in the Faith Formation area of the Catholic Church since 1999. Her first 2 years in Sheridan, WY found her with secretarial duties and coordinating Faith Formation for grades Pre-K thru 6th grade. In 2001, she moved to Douglas, WY and directed the Faith Formation Program for preschool thru Adult, along with youth ministry, Sacrament preparation, and pastoral assistance for the next eight years. The fall of 2009 found Mayme, her husband, and three children moving back to their home state of Minnesota to be closer to their families. In 2010, she worked in St. James @ Maine coordinating the Faith Formation Program of Preschool thru 5th grade; but since 2011, she has resided at OLV working within a variety of Faith Formation Programs and Finances. She enjoys traveling, reading, music, and family life.
Bio: Tonya Zierden has been the Principal of OLV School since 2014. She is originally from Bluffton, MN and is the youngest of 6 kids. She got her Elementary Education Degree from St. Cloud State and taught for 3 years before moving to Missouri where she was a stay at home mom. Tonya and her husband Dan moved to Fergus Falls in 2003 when they became partners in Cullen’s Home Center. Tonya worked in sales, marketing, Human Resources and bookkeeping for their business. During this time, Tonya was involved at OLV School as a parent. Their five children have all attended OLV School; the youngest ones are still there. Tonya is working on her Master’s in Educational Leadership through Minnesota State University Moorhead and plans to complete it by the end of 2018. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and enjoying the outdoors.
Faith Formation Elementary Facilator
Bio: Deb has been a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church since October 2015. She moved to Fergus Falls to begin ministry as a full-time Chaplain for Lake Region Healthcare. She currently is working for Lake Region part-time, with assignments to the Bridgeway Psychiatric Unit and Mill Street Assisted Living Residence. Deb has a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry through St. John’s School of Theology, and is certified through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Previously, Deb worked in the field of education, primarily as a School Psychologist in St. Cloud, MN. She was born in Fargo, ND, where family still resides. Deb lives with two dogs; Buster, who she trains in the sport of agility, and Deacon, who is a certified therapy dog. Deb feels blessed by the vibrant parish community of OLV.
Bio: Jennifer was born and raised in Kansas and later moved with her family to Warroad, MN where she completed her high school years. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota–Morris graduating in May 1995. Jennifer and her husband John live on a hobby farm near Fergus Falls and have three children, Evan, Paul, and Naomi. Jennifer is a convert to the Catholic faith, officially joining the Church in 2002. She has served in various roles in the OLV faith formation programs, both as a volunteer and a paid staff member, since 2010. She began her role as Pastoral Assistant in August 2019 and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and serving the Church.
ACC Youth Ministry Coordinator
Bio: Emily was born and raised in Fergus Falls. She grew up going to Our Lady of Victory School and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 2014. Emily was involved in music ministry and faith formation at OLV and attended many conferences including Steubenville Youth Conferences and the diocesan Castaway Retreat. She attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Elementary Education. Emily returned home to Fergus Falls to teach 5th grade. Since being back, Emily has been involved with middle school faith formation, First Eucharist preparation, Confirmation, and music ministry. She enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Emily is excited to join the staff and share the faith with the youth of our ACC!
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PARISH OFFICE HOURS
9:00 am - Noon (M-Fr)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (M-Th)
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:30 am *Live Stream
Sunday 10:30 am
Monday 9:00 am
* Word & Communion Service
Tuesday 12:05 pm
Wednesday Private Mass
Thursday 9:00 am
Friday 9:00 am
Saturday 3:30 pm
M,T,W 7:00 - 8:00 am
Tuesday after 12:05 Mass until 5:00 p.m.
Th, F 7:00 - 8:45 am
Our Lady of Victory Church
207 North Vine Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218 736-2429 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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