The Diocese of Des Moines
Priests celebrating anniversaries of ordination to priesthood
April 15, 2015
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

A number of priests in the Diocese of Des Moines are celebrating the anniversaries of their ordination to the priesthood.

50 years

Msgr. Frank Bognanno of Christ the King Parish in Des Moines will commemorate his 50th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Pates at Christ the King Parish on June 7 at 11 a.m. There will be a reception and open house in the parish hall at 4 p.m. that afternoon. Msgr. Bognanno was ordained on June 6, 1965 at Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque.

Father James Freeman also celebrates his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood this year, having been ordained June 6, 1965 by Bishop G. J. Biskup. He left the diocese in 1988 with permission to work in the Diocese of Tucson and retired from there in 2004.

40 years

Father Vince Rosonke of St. Boniface Parish in Waukee is celebrating his 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, May 30 with a 5:30 p.m. Mass with a reception to follow in the St. Boniface Parish Hall. The come and go celebration is from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and will be “casual, fun, and a joyous celebration” with food, drinks music, dancing and a few surprises. There will be no formal receiving lines or assigned seating, but everyone is encouraged to attend. Father Rosonke was ordained on May 24, 1975 at Holy Spirit Parish in Creston.

25 years

Father David Fleming, of St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale, is celebrating his 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, having been ordained on July 27, 1990 at the St. Ambrose Cathedral.

Retired priest Father John Maier, who now resides in Leavenworth, Kansas, is celebrating his 25th anniversary with a private dinner of a few close friends and family.  Father Maier was ordained on July 27, 1990 at the St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines.


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