News from San Antonio Church – August 7, 2022

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Weekly Bulletin August 7, 2022

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday, San Antonio Church celebrates a milestone, the 100th Anniversary as we welcome the original family groups who have been honored throughout the year.  We are also thrilled to see our many Friends of San Antonio Supporters who have helped us maintain our church.  Everyone in attendance is ecstatic and humbled to attend a Mass celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dennis Marion Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati.  Today, we remember those family members who are no longer with us but on this day, we can feel their presence.  We are also honored to welcome Rev. Jason Williams (Vice Chancellor- Master of Ceremony) Rev. Len Wenke, Rev. Rudy Coaquira Hilage and our beloved Sisters of Charity from the Order of Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God.  This is the first visit by Archbishop Schnurr to San Antonio Church since he was chosen to lead the Archdiocese which includes the Cincinnati and Dayton metro areas. 

Our Archbishop is a descendant from the members of the Schnurr and Jungers families who were early settlers to Iowa, the Hawkeye State, known for agriculture.  Dennis Marion Schnurr was born in Sheldon, Iowa to the late Edward William and Eleanor Lena (Jungers) Schnurr with siblings, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.   Sheldon, Iowa known to locals as “Where Family Comes First “ is located on the Floyd River, a tributary of the Missouri River.  The town was founded in 1873 after the establishment of the Sioux City and St Paul Railroad now having a population of 5,000.  Archbishop Schnurr attended Spalding Catholic High School in Granville, Iowa about 3 miles from Sheldon and 2 miles from Hospers, Iowa where the Schnurr Family would later relocate.  The Schnurr Family became members of The St. Anthony Church in Hospers, which is now part of The Pilgrim Cluster along with St. Joseph and St. Mary Church.  The Archbishop then attended Loras College (Motto: For God and Country) in Dubuque, Iowa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970.  The private Catholic Institution   has many distinguished Alumni, including 30 Bishops.  He studied for the Priesthood at the Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome where he earned his Master of Theology Degree and was Ordained on July 20, 1974. 

After his Ordination, Archbishop Schnurr became Associate Pastor at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City, Iowa until 1977 when he went on to Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, Iowa.  He did his Graduate Studies in Washington D.C. at the Catholic University of America in 1980, where he received his Doctorate of Cannon Law. He was then assigned to the Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in n Washington, D.C. in 1985 and served as Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).   He held many positions supervising departments dealing with Education, Domestic and International Social Policy, and Communications.  From 1991-1993, Archbishop Schnurr was appointed the National Executive Director of World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, Colorado while working closely with Pope St. John Paul II.  He became the 8th Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota on January 18, 2001, and Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati on October 17, 2008. His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dennis Schnurr has been the Archbishop of Cincinnati since December 21, 2009.

            We are very grateful to Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, Rev. Jason Williams, Rev. Len Wenke, and Rev. Rudy Coaquira Hilage, for The Concelebration Mass on our 100th Anniversary and we are all pleased that you will be added to the history of San Antonio Church.  Grazie a tutti.

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