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My name is Fr. Erik Lundgren and I’m your new parochial vicar (aka associate pastor) serving under Fr. Wittman here at Saints Joachim and Anne Parish! I moved from Faribault, Divine Mercy Catholic Church and School in July. I absolutely loved it there, but I know I will love it here and am excited to join you on the journey as we try to get to heaven and live for God’s glory here below in the mean time.
I grew up in a humble little town of working folk named Edina, MN, youngest of three (two older sisters – I’m very much a little brother by nature), Our Lady of Grace parish and school through 7th grade, Edina public middle and high school. Saint Louis University – French, Philosophy, and Math. One year as an English TA in Paris then 4 years at Saint Paul Seminary and then was ordained May 2010. After four incredible years in Faribault, now I’m happily here trying to do God’s will and share the faith.
I love all sorts of stuff. Tend to go in phases. I ran the TC marathon a year and a half ago as a Catholic school fundraiser, but now I’m chubbier than I was a year ago, but I still like to jog I think I’ll start training for another race soon…Otherwise I enjoy playing pretty much any sport, I pray and go to Mass everyday, and I all around LOVE being a Catholic priest! I have many passions in ministry, foremost of which are Catholic schools, the promotion of TITHING, and Latino ministry. I’m fluent in Spanish (unless you are too, then you know all the mistakes I make), French (my mother is a Belgian immigrant), I love Latin, and have very little to show for eight years of German summer camp.
Can’t wait to meet you all as we serve Our Lord and His People together!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Father/Padre/Pater Erik Lundgren