New priest at Little Flower
For the past two weeks, Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby has had a new associate pastor.
Monsignor Brian Donahue is working with Fr. Tom Graner and arrived in Rugby on Valentine’s Day. The two of them alternate between church services inside and outside of the church-particularly at the hospital and the Haaland Home-on a weekly basis. So far, Donahue is enjoying the area.
“The people are great. Fr. Tom is great,” Donahue said.
Donahue comes from West Point, N.Y., where he served as a chaplain at the United States Military Academy since late 2008. He served with the North Dakota Army National Guard until he retired in 2007. In 2008, he was called back into service and was slated to go to Iraq. A change of orders brought him to West Point.
He left West Point early this year and returned to the Catholic Diocese in Fargo. He received a call asking him if he wanted to go to Rugby to become an associate pastor.
“It’s a nice change from the Army and the New York City area,” Donahue said.
Born in Moorhead, Minn., Donahue grew up in Fargo. He is the third youngest of 10 children.
He was called to priesthood in his 20s. At the time he was working a full time job at a TV station in Fargo and working on getting a degree in mass communications from what is now known as the University of Minnesota-Moorhead. On his way from classes he would stop at a cathedral, light a candle and pray.
In summer 1976 he was offered a job at a CBS affiliate in Sacramento, Calif. After prayer and talking with a priest, he chose the seminary instead. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a philosophy degree in 1979, and he was ordained in 1982.
Donahue’s hobbies include fishing, hunting pheasant and grouse and photography. He also has an interest in martial arts.
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