Dear Deacon Alumni:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Rev. Msgr. Wendelyn Vetter on Thursday, Oct. 20th.
The Reverend Monsignor Wendelyn Vetter, 83, Priest of the Diocese of Fargo and resident of Grand Forks, ND passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the Transitional Care Unit of Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks.
Wendelyn Vetter was born on October 5, 1933 in Strasburg, ND the son of Michael and Mary (Schumacher) Vetter. He grew up on a farm south of Napoleon and spent his seminary years at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN and St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
Fr. Wndelyn Vetter was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Fargo on June 4, 1960 at St. Anthony’s Parish, rural Napoleon, ND. He served the Diocese of Fargo in many and varied capacities during his 56 years as a priest. He served in the parishes of St. James, Jamestown, ND, Holy Spirit, Fargo, ND, St. Agnes, Hunter, ND, Holy Family, Grand Forks, ND, Chaplain at Sacred Heart Convent, Fargo, ND, St. Anthony of Padua, Fargo, ND, St. Maurice, Kindred, ND, St. Rose of Lima, Hillsboro, ND, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Reynolds, ND and St. Michael’s, Grand Forks, ND.
Also, he served the diocese as faculty at Shanley High School and Cardinal Muench Seminary, both in Fargo, ND. He also served in various official capacities including, the Diocesan Chancery and the Marriage Tribunal, dealing with annulments. His ministry with The Tribunal inspired him to heal the wounds caused by separation, widowhood and divorce. In 1978, he was instrumental in starting Beginning Experience (BE). This program has become an international model for helping separated, divorced and widowed people overcome their losses. He often reflected on his ministry saying, “BE helped me to grow the most.”
In 1995, in recognition of Fr. Vetter’s faithfulness and devotion to the Catholic Faith and the Church, he was named Prelate of Honor of his Holiness with the title of Monsignor. He retired from active ministry in June, 2006. In his retirement, he resided at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks and helped at St. Michael’s, St. Anne’s Guest Home and Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, MN. He brought Christ’s love, compassion and healing to his people as a pastor and through the BE program. He will be greatly missed!
He is survived by his brothers, James (Ardis) Vetter, Fargo, ND, Daniel (Vivian) Vetter, Aberdeen, SD, Clarence (Betty) Vetter, Kindred, ND,; sisters, Mary Ann (Cy)Votava, Grand Forks, ND, Loretta (Roger) Rasmussen, Bismarck, ND; sisters-in-law, Rose (Mrs. William) Vetter, Fargo, ND, Diane (Mrs. Michael) Vetter, Hamilton, MT; many nieces, nephews; great nieces; great nephews and the Priests of the Diocese of Fargo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Michael, Jr.; infant sisters, Pauline and Magdelene.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Michael’s Catholic School, 524 5th Avenue North Grand Forks, ND 58203 or St. Gianna’s Maternity Home, 15605 County Road 15, Minto, ND 58261.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday with a 6:30 p.m. rosary service and 7:30 p.m. vigil service in St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Monday.
Memorial Mass: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Napoleon, ND.
Visitation: One hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tuesday.
Burial: St. Philip Neri Catholic Cemetery, Napoleon, ND.
Send a Gift in Memory of Msgr. Vetter: (Click Here)
(Please enter Msgr. Vetter's name in the "Donor Comments" section of the online donation form and we will notify Msgr. Vetter's family of your gift.)
View all Memorials Given since July 2015