FATHER JOE VOGEL
Fr. Joe was ordained on May 27, 1987
It is good to be here. Parishioners often wonder if the newly assigned priest really wanted to be in his new assignment or did the Bishop make him move against his will. Several months ago I spoke with Bishop Swain and told him that I would be happy to stay at St. Katharine Drexel but if he wanted me to move that would be fine. After ten years in a great parish that I helped start from an alfalfa field a change is all right. I am very sad to leave but by the grace that comes from obedience to the Bishop all will be well.
I have never been part of linking parishes that at one time were separate. Most of us are not happy with change, especially when it comes to changing Mass times. I ask for your patience and your prayers. This is going on throughout our diocese and there will be more change to come. We will stay with the schedule changes that have been made for three months and then take a look at everything and go from there.
People ask me what I like to do and what are my hobbies. I grew up on a farm near Doland and Turton, which is located one hour west of Watertown. My brother is still on the home farm, my sister married a farmer near Doland and another brother sells insurance in the bank in Turton. I like to ride my bicycle and over the past few years have been fairly consistent with exercising. Everything works better if I get do this regularly. I like to fish and hunt. I am a bit of a golfer but am not very competitive. Things work better if I don’teven keep score. I see it as a great way to be outside with good people, get some exercise, have a few snacks and call it fun. I like to be invited to people’s homes for meals and visits. For me this is the best way to really know you. I like all food except for liver and lima beans. I am not sure why God made either but I am not in charge of those things.