Bishop Paul V. Dudley
Dudley, Bishop Paul V. Priest, June 1951 Bishop, January 1977 Paul Vincent Dudley was born November 29, 1926, on the family farm in Waterford Township, Dakota County, Minnesota, to Edward and Margaret (Nolan) Dudley. He was baptized and confirmed at the Church of St. Dominic and attended the South Waterford School, Rosary School, Nazareth Hall and St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1951. He served as an Associate Pastor at Annunciation Church in South Minneapolis, St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Paul, was the Founding Pastor of the Church of St. Edward in Bloomington, and Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake in Mound. On January 25, 1977, he was ordained a Bishop and served as Auxiliary Bishop and Pastor of St. James in St. Paul. From 1978 - 1995 he served as Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He served as Pastor of the Church of St. Dominic from 1995 until his retirement in 1997. He spent his retirement years on the Dudley farm at Northfield. On June 2, 2001, he celebrated 50 years of priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Northfield, Minnesota. Bishop Paul loved life and was full of love, energy and enthusiasm. He loved to entertain at his trailer home on the family farm in Northfield, Minnesota. Family, friends, and fellow priests were always welcome at his home. His deep respect for all human life, from conception to natural death was a guiding principle and the many ministries with which he was involved witnessed this respect. He was active in many pro-life organizations including Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). Total Life Care, and Prolife across America. He was also active serving the poor and spent many hours in service feeding the homeless at Caring and Sharing Hands. He was active in Cursillo, Youth Ministry, and St. Paul Outreach. As an unwavering supporter of Catholic Education, Bishop Paul never turned down an invitation to participate in Catholic Schools Week or a school liturgy, especially at St. Dominic School in Northfield and Holy Cross School (LNMV Area Catholic Schools) in Webster, Minnesota. He actively supported religious and lay vocations, mentoring priests and nuns. Survivors include his brother John & wife Pat of Northfield; 2 sisters-in-law: Bernas Rinsem of Faribault and Donna Dudley of LeCenter; 29 nieces & nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Marcella & Margaret Dudley, Mary Highfield, Dorothy Sheehan; and his brothers: Joseph, Edward Jr., Fr. Francis and Robert. Bishop Paul passed away Monday evening, November 20, 2006 at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 79. A Vigil Mass will be 10AM Tuesday, November 28, 2006, at the CHURCH OF ST. DOMINIC in Northfield. Visitation will be 4-8PM Monday, November 27, 2006 at the Church of St. Dominic followed by an all night Vigil & Eucharistic Adoration at St. Dominic. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at THE ST. PAUL CATHEDRAL. Visitation will be 4-8PM Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at the St. Paul Seminary followed by an all night Vigil & Eucharistic Adoration at St. Paul Seminary. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Casket bearers will be John, Brian, Dan, Mike, and J. B. Dudley, and Joseph Arnold. Memorials are preferred to St. Dominic School, St. Paul Seminary or the donor's choice. Benson & Langehough (507) 645-5123
Published by Pioneer Press from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2006.
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My deepest sympathy to the family of Bishop Dudley. Bishop Dudley was Father Dudley at Our Lady of the Lake Churh in Mound Minnesota when I had first meet him. I was 6, and he was the first priest, whom I remember, spending time with "us" kids in the parish. He was always up beat, smiling, and funny. I had talked with Bishop Dudley in August of 2006, he remembered my family and where we had lived in mound--30 years later!! He will be missed.
Tami Jo Blackowiak-Kolbinger
December 12, 2006
I had the good fortune of working and worshiping with this good man in both Sioux Falls and Northfield. All that knew him will dearly miss him.
Linda VanBroeke-Pierce
December 10, 2006
Will never forget riding to New Ulm with Paul for Bishop Schladweiler's funeral...we prayed the Rosary and talked about our faith all the way. I feel honored to have had the acquaintence of such a saintly soul. Thank you, Paul, for helping us recover a daughter from dark times in a healing service you co-conducted at St. Dominic's. We will also fondly remember him concelebrating the funeral of a favorite aunt, Rosalia Sieberg, at Northfield.
Loren Burkel
November 30, 2006
My deepest sympathy to all the family of Bishop Dudley. Bishop Dudley has always been special to our family. Many years ago, when he was a priest at Annunciation Parish, he provided much love and support when my sister, Kathleen, was sick and then died at an early age. He provided love and support to our family again this past February when he returned to Annunciation to concelebrate the Funeral Mass for our Mother. He was a wonderful person and I am grateful for all that he has meant to our family.
Sarah Healy Trotter
November 29, 2006
Bishop Paul was a special and caring person. Our deepest sympathy and prayers.
steve and sue twiselton
November 29, 2006
As a beloved great niece of Bishop Paul, I feel (and always have felt) honored to have him in my family! Bishop Paul could literally light up a dark room with his presence! I will never forget his joyful attitude about life and everything else!

I know I made it back from Iraq only because of his daily blessings!! We all will miss you and see you in heaven Bishop Paul!!

Love Richelle

PS: Give Grandma Dort a hug for me!!!!! Thanks.
November 29, 2006
Bishop Dudley was very kind and supportive to the Dr. Stanley and Helen Kucera Family during his life as a priest and bishop. He will be remembered for is gentle smile and unselfish caring for others. May he enjoy eternal rest and happiness in paradise.

Louis S. Kucera
Louis Kucera
November 29, 2006
loved everybody, even ex-priests like me. I wrote to him after I left
the priesthood and got a wonderful letter back from him, encouraging me
to keep the faith and to keep going. He was a bishop in Sioux Falls at
the time. It is for him and the like of him that the flowers smile, and
always smiled, in the green soil of Minnesota. And it is the like of
him that not only kept me going but kept the whole Church going. Paul's
life can't be explained without God. And I think we can add that his life can't be explained either, apart from the Catholic faith.
Jim O'Leary
November 28, 2006
The family of Bishop Paul deeply appreciates all the love and prayers. My beloved uncle, an irreplaceable "Man of God" has gone Home. Come Lord Jesus
Mike Dudley
November 27, 2006
Thank you for your service to St. Nicholas in New Market, Bishop Dudley. We will always remember your plea for us to say, "Come, Lord Jesus!"
David & Kim Tompos
November 27, 2006
To the extended family of Bishop Paul Dudley: Your sorrow is shared by all who have had the privilege of knowing Bishop Dudley. His extraordinary gift of remembering faces, names and places gave everyone the feeling of being a personal friend. As the founding pastor of St. Edward's Church, he skillfully blended the reforms of Vatican II with the traditions of the Roman Catholic faith, all while establishing a new community of believers. He brought the Cursillo experience to Minnesota and through that experience transformed the spiritual lives of all who participated. We will all miss his example of holiness, vision, nurturing leadership and service to others. May he be received into eternal life with grace and thanksgiving for being the personal representative of Jesus Christ on earth!
Bob and LaVonne Bailey
November 27, 2006
I'll never forget the time when Bishop Dudley stopped by our house unexpectedly. We were neighbors in Sioux Falls. I was ill with a fever. After a short visit and some prayer the fever broke. We always knew he was special because he never avoided taking time to know us as real people.
Tom and Lisa Bierer
November 27, 2006
Way to go, Paul. Thanks always for pointing us to His way, in all ways! Your humble, prayerful spirit touched me deeply, along with your tremendous enthusiasm for the Lord. Pray for me and all of us who are still on the way!
With gratitude,
Gene Pouliot
November 27, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the Dudley family. Bishop Paul will be surely missed by all who knew him. I met him when I was one of his altar boys at St. Patrick's Church in St. Paul MN. He would come in to our classroom, also at St. Patrick's to teach religion, and I always remember him starting each session with a good joke. This was in the early 60s. I met him again later in 1984 at the church's 100 year reunion. He remembered my name and the names of my family after all this time. This impressed me so much, I made it a point thru the rest of my life to remember peoples names. Thank you Bishop Dudley, and may God reward you for all you've done.
Greg Mueller
Greg Mueller
November 27, 2006
Bishop Paul Dudley will be remembered for his pastoral ministry and modeling God's presence to all those he met each day. God has called a very holy man home and I am eterally grateful for his life, and gentle loving spirit.
Joanne (Kucera) Hense
November 27, 2006
To the family of Bishop Dudley,
How blessed he was to be loved and supported by all of you to the very end of his journey here on earth.
My heart goes out to you in the loss of this "Saint" your brother, your uncle, your friend.
I rejoice with you in the knowledge that he is more alive now than he was when he was here, and that he now intercedes with the Blessed Mother and Jesus for each of you and all of us who loved him.
God Bless you as you persevere in prayer with the hope that you will one day be reunited with him in heaven.
Colleen Logan
November 27, 2006
Dear Bishop Paul,
I will never forget when you had dinner with me and Blessed my humble home. You are such a Godly Man. Rest Well! Faithful Servant! in the ARMS OF JESUS!!
I will be praying for the Dudley FAMILY.
Kathy Mahowald
November 27, 2006
Thank you Bishop Dudley for being a vehicle of God's grace in my life and in our marriage. We love you,
Peter and LuLu Daly
November 26, 2006
Never have I met a man who was closer to GOD. Be it when I was a child at St. Edward and spent time with him and Katheren in the rectory. Our when I recieved my First Holy Communion and in the yet to be finished church. Our when my wife and I had the honor to work side by side with Bishop Dudley as Marriage Encounter Presenters. When everI was in his presence I could feel the presence of the Lord working through him. He had a profound impact on my life and my faith. Bishop Dudley you have completed the ultimate goal of being united with our Father. Thank you for all you gave to me, and I will continue to pray "come Lord Jesus send down your spirit and renew the _ _ _ (fill in the blank with what ever your need is.
Michael Swirtz
November 26, 2006
I will never forget you Father Dudley. You were a very important person in my life as a child while I attended Annunciation School. I can still hear your voice as we children would see you in the halls of the school. You were a ray of sunshine and we all loved you dearly.I know you are in the arms of Jesus never to suffer anymore. Blessings to all the family. Patty Eckes (Freiling)
Patty Eckes-Freiling
November 26, 2006
The world was a much better place having been graced by Bishop Dudley's presence. He was an amazing man and all who met him were treated to a piece of heaven on earth. He will be very sadly missed!
Bridget and Tim Corbett
November 26, 2006
I'm going to miss our dear sweet Bishop Dudley. He served as the chaplain for our very first Rachel's Vineyard Retreat in 1999, so he has a special place in my heart. Everyone loved him and wanted to pack him in their suitcase to take him home. He was so full of life and joy that we kept asking him where he got his energy from. He said he got it from us - a true lover of souls, which is the best kind of priest. I can imagine heaven being a bit brighter with him there.

Well done, good and faithful servant. Pray for us!
Nancy Blom
November 26, 2006
So many of us were so blessed in knowing Bishop Dudley, he brought joy and the love of Jesus to all who knew and met him. He will be greatley missed.
Gene and Theresa Spande
November 25, 2006
We fondly remember Bishop Dudlley and all that he did to help promote good and holy families. He bore his trials with humility, patience and love setting a marvelous example for each of us. The Good Lord surely welcomed His Faithful Servant Home with Open Arms!

With Deeperst Sympathy and Prayers,
Charles and Marietta Munster
November 25, 2006
We are deeply moved and saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved Bishop Dudley. We cherish vivid recollections from grade school, of a young (24 yrs) priest at Annunication in the early 5o's. Seeing him often since then, it is amazing that he always recognized us as friends, remembered our parents, siblings, their names, where we lived, etc.
Please accept our sincere sympathy in your bereavement.
Stan & Jayne Hamerski
November 25, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
November 25, 2006
May you rest in peace, dear sweet Bishop Dudley! What a friend and mentor you have been to so many of a special way to so many in the Cursillo movement. Thank you too for the influence you were on our son when he attended college in Northfield....he loved your Masses!
Your "presence" will long remain.
In love, and God's peace!
The Joe Pekarnas; Jordan, MN
Ellie & Joe Pekarna
November 25, 2006
John & Pat
Please accept our deepest sympathies in your loss
Rod & Bev Boyd
November 25, 2006
Bishop Dudley preached love. Love of the Lord, life and family. There is no greater message than that. Paul threw fear into me many years ago. He was at our home talking to our children, when he asked them a question about communion. I didn't know the answer and was so afraid that if ours kids didn't know the answer, he was going to ask me to tell them. Thank goodness they were able to answer his question and I was saved.
Wayne Nelson
November 25, 2006
We are so sorry to hear of Bishop Dudely's passing. What a loss for all of us. Bishop Dudley was a very special person to our family. My mothers favorit priest from Annunciation parish, he married our parents and was a very integral part of our lives the last years of my mothers life. My parents looked forward to him bringing communion and visiting before he would go to Sharing and Caring Hands. We have all been blessed to know such and wonderful angel and I know he will forever watch over us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dudely family. God Bless you.

The Bruce Rivers family
Ann Menard
November 25, 2006
I won't be home to celebrate my uncles' joyful witness with all of you...To all of us who were touched by Bishop Paul: We thank you Father for the gift of his life in ours. Bishop Paul's choice of bishop's ring and inscription reflected his deep faith,his ring simply said, "Jesus is Lord!"
Geralyn Sheehan
November 24, 2006
The Dudley Family,
I have known the Bishop since the early 1950's at Annunciation Church, when he was our parish priest.
He was a truly 'gentle' man and a wonderful spiritual soul. I saw him
over the years at Annunciation, and he always knew us by name and even
remembered where we lived.
My sympathies to all of you. But, of course, he is where he always
wanted to be. I remember when we were childeren, he would tell us,
'when I get to be Pope, this is what I will do'.
A most wonderful soul. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Sharon Ivers-Morris
November 24, 2006
To all the Pilgrims on Earth: We have lost our most beloved Pilgrim who was always full of joy, gentleness and a great pastoral sheperd. We will be better and do good as Bishop Dudley taught us so well. We will always have him as our beacon and mentor
Charles Dahl
Minneapolis Serra
charles dahl
November 24, 2006
“Rejoice in Hope; Be Patient under Trial; and Persevere in Prayer” - this was the motto of beloved Bishop Paul Dudley - and he truly lived it! I will miss him deeply. I will miss his love, support, encouragement and guidance. However, I believe, just as St. Therese of Lisieux, he will “spend his heaven doing good on earth”! Now he will hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
Colleen Perfect
November 24, 2006
Dear People of Minnesota,
We are all better Catholics and others with better lives because of Bishop Dudley. Everyone loved him. It is a great loss not only for the Catholic Church, but for all the "little" people in it. He made us all feel important. We thank God for sending us Bishop Dudley !
Helen and Dick Murphy
November 24, 2006
Dear Paul,

Rest in peace but continue to shepherd us from ON HIGH. You have been an exceptionally good man, Priest & Bishop.
Francis Pouliot
November 23, 2006
I feel so thankful and fortunate to have had Bishop Paul as our pastor and a friend at St. Dominic’s. May God bless him.
Pat Mahowald
November 23, 2006
Bishop Dudley and I worked together at the Archdiocese of StP/Mpls...I knew him to be a man with a smile.

May God smile on him now as he joins his friends in Heaven
November 23, 2006
Dear John & Dudley family: Praised be Jesus Christ for the life of Paul, so great a man! He has been a total grace and inspiration to thousands. He loved being a priest and served so many of us with joy. Eugene Boyland's This Tremendous Lover epitomizes the life of Father & Bishop Paul Dudley. His phenomenal memory for all of our names made each of us who knew and loved him to feel part of his family circle. We will miss you terribly, but know that now that your suffering on earth is complete, we can pray to you for your intercession. Thank you for your love, your beautiful example of Christlike holiness. Tu es sacerdos in aeternum.
Ed Adams
November 23, 2006
May God bless the Dudley family in this time of sorrow.

Thank You Bishop Dudley for the prayers you have instilled on my family and for being a friend. I will miss you. Enjoy the Lord
John Beddor
November 23, 2006
What a dear sweet Priest. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathy on his passing. We thank God for our times with him at Saint Patrick's. He officiated our marriage and enriched our lives.
RJ Claeson
November 23, 2006
God Bless Bishop Dudley. I am glad that I had mass with you this past year in Jordan.
Mary Swanson
November 23, 2006
sorry to hear of bishop pauls passing. myron thurmes of hampton now wintering in texas
November 23, 2006
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