Mandan News

Campaign ‘wrapped up’ at Mandan St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church, which recently completed paying off its $1.7 million renovation campaign, just in time for its 100th anniversary in 2013. Submitted photos


On the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14, Father Shane Campbell, Church of St. Joseph, updated the parish on the status of the Capital Campaign loan debt and richly commended everyone on how quickly they have reduced this debt during his first year at St. Joseph’s. He reported that St. Joseph’s was only $108,746 from paying off the $500,000 debt, initiated 30 months ago. Fr. Campbell also commended former Pastor, Father Patrick A. Schumacher on the vision he had for Church of St. Joseph and the beautiful results of that vision.

Less than one month later, on Nov. 10, Father Campbell announced at all weekend Masses that the Capital Campaign loan balance has been “paid in full,” due to the generosity of an anonymous donor. This donor was also impressed with how rapidly the debt was reduced and expressed gratitude for the church.

Father Campbell is confident that the stewardship shown throughout this Capital Campaign is a testimony to the text stenciled on the proscenium arch “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,” meaning, “For the Greater Glory of God.”

Father Campbell

Total cost of the Capital Campaign was $1,711,190 and included exterior tuck pointing, concrete parking and sidewalks, roof repair, landscaping and the long anticipated interior design, which culminated in 2010 with a worship environment that inspires and guides its members to more fully experience their faith.

The Capital Campaign also offered an opportunity to honor Fr. Daniel Collins, who built the present church building in 1904 at a cost of $40,000, of which, he paid $13,500 personally. Father Collins had requested that he be buried in the church he built and loved. During the historic renovation, Fr. Collins’ vault was unearthed and marked with black granite and gold leaf Celtic cross. His burial site was blessed by former Bishop Paul A. Zipfel during the Dedication Mass on May 22, 2010. Fr. Collins’ burial site can be viewed by entering the east church door and turning to the right.

Saint Joseph School will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. Father Campbell invites all alumni to share their favorite memories of Saint Joseph School by one of the following methods – calling 663-9562, mailing to 108 Third St. N.E., Mandan, ND 58554, or by emailing

The church is also looking for historical pictures of the church, school, Pastors, teachers, playground, classroom, sports events, class graduations, choir and all events church releated for the establishment of a History Hall in the breezeway located between the church and school buildings.  Alumni and interested parishioners are asked to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the school cafeteria for an informational gathering as the members discuss this next milestone.