"The Eucharistic Action, over which the priest presides, is the very heart of the congregation. So priests must instruct their people to offer to God the Father the Divine Victim in the Sacrifice of the Mass, and to join to it the offering of their own lives. In the spirit of Christ the Shepherd, they must prompt their people to confess their sins with a contrite heart in the sacrament of Penance, so that, mindful of his words "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand" (Mt 4:17), they are drawn closer to the Lord more and more each day. Priests likewise must instruct their people to participate in the celebrations of the sacred liturgy in such a way that they become proficient in genuine prayer. They must coax their people on to an ever more perfect and constant spirit of prayer for every grace and need. They must gently persuade everyone to the fulfillment of the duties of his state of life, and to greater progress in responding in a sensible way to the evangelical counsels. Finally, they must train the faithful to sing hymns and spiritual songs in their hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.(17)."
"Pastors and the faithful are called to acknowledge with grateful heart the gift of him, Who through his humanity constantly pours divine life into the members of his Body (19). Let priests take care so to foster a knowledge of and facility in the liturgy, that by their own liturgical ministry Christian communities entrusted to their care may ever more perfectly give praise to God, the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit."
-From DECREE ON THE MINISTRY AND LIFE OF PRIESTS, PRESBYTERORUM ORDINIS
PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS, POPE PAUL VI ON DECEMBER 7, 1965
The Basilica of Saint Mary is both fortunate and grateful that we have many priest to support the sacramental life of our community in celebrating in particular the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass during our Sunday liturigies.
Fr. John Bauer, Pastor of The Basilica of Saint Mary.
As pastor of the Fr. Bauer serves as the community's spiritual guide. As administrator over the daily operations of the community, Fr. Bauer colloborates with the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Parish Counsel along with staff and volunteers to carry out the mission and vision of The Basilica of Saint Mary.
Ordination Date: 6/2/1979
Fr. Joseph Gillespie, OP, Pastor of Saint Albert the Great
Fr. Gillespie is the pastor of Saint Albert the Great in South Minneapolis. However, he has a long history with The Basilica having once been assigned as Vicar to The Basilica of Saint Mary. Fr. Gillespie belongs to the Order of Preachers, the Dominican Friars, from the Saint Louis Province, He lives in community with fellow Dominican priest at the priory at Saint Albert the Great.
Solemn Profession: 8/8/1966
Ordination Date: 5/16/1970
Fr. Dale Korogi, Pastor of the Church of the Ascension
Fr. Korogi is the pastor of the Church of the Ascension in North Minneapolis. He too has a long history with The Basilica of Saint Mary as he had been assigned as Associate Pastor before moving on to assignments at Christ the King and then to the Church of the Ascension.
Ordination Date: 9/10/1983
Fr. Harry Tasto, Retired Priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Fr. Harry Tasto grew up on a western Minnesota farm near the South Dakota border. ciation, which still continues today. Fr. Tasto came to the Twin Cities and earned graduate degrees in Speech and Education from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a doctorate in Communications and Preaching. While in graduate school, he worked at parishes in this Archdiocese and transferred to this Presbytery 36 years ago. He served as pastor at a number of parishes, including St. Timothy’s in Blaine for sixteen years.
Ordination Date: 3/16/1968
Fr. Peter Brandenhoff, Retired Priest of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester
Growing up first in Duluth and then Fairmont, MN, St. John Vianney parish and school was a central part of Fr. Peter Brandenhoff’s life. does drop hints at unexpected moments.” Fr. Brandenhoff was ordained for the Diocese of Winona and served as pastor for a number of parishes. In addition, he served as director of the Diocesan Office of Liturgy and the Commission on Sacred Liturgy, as a chaplain, and as a high school religion teacher. He later received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and worked in a metro area psychotherapy clinic for 18 years. He also served several churches in this Archdiocese as a weekend presider.
Fr. Steve McMichael, OFM Conv
Fr. McMichael is a relatively new member of the priestly team who support our community. Originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota where Fr. Steve graduated from high school in 1973. He was familiar in his youth with the friars at the seminary in Chaska and the retreat house in Prior Lake. He professed solemn vows in 1981 and was ordained in 2002. He earned his BA in Philosophy and Arts in 1981, a MA in Franciscan Studies in 1983, and a bachelor degree in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure (the Seraphicum) in Rome in 1988, and his License and Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University (S.J.) in 1992. Fr. Steve has served in the world of university education from 1992 to 2000 at the University of Saint Louis and other education centers in Saint Louis. From 2000 to the present, he has served as an associate professor of theology at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He served as acting director of the Engaging Islam program from 2018 to 2020 at Saint Thomas and has been actively engaged in the Christian-Muslim dialogue in the Twin Cities since 2000.
Fr. John Berger, Retired priest of the Diocese of Honolulu
Originally from North Dakota, Fr. John Berger moved west and was ordained for the Diocese of Honolulu in 1998. He served as Rector at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu until 2013, when he suffered a damaging heart attack and blood clot. He received a medical retirement from that diocese and relocated to the Twin Cities to be near to his sisters. Fr. John is a one of regular celebrants for the 7:00am or Noon weekday Mass and occaisionally is a celebrant at one of the Sunday Masses.