Most Reverend Alphonse August Sowada, OSC

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The Most Reverend Alphonse August Sowada, OSC, Bishop Emeritus of Agats, Indonesia, was born, June 23, 1933, Avon. He was the son of Alphonse B. and Monica (Pierskalla) Sowada. He attended District #52 (rural Elmdale) grade school and Crosier Seminary High School, Onamia. He received his seminary formation at the Crosier House in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Bishop Sowada made his profession of vows in the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross Aug. 28, 1953. He was ordained to the priesthood at Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 31, 1958, by the Most Reverend Leo Pursley, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Following his ordination he received a Masters Degree in cultural anthropology from the Catholic University of America in 1961. He was assigned to the Asmat Mission in May, 1961. He served as pastor of the parish in Erma from 1962-1965 and pastor in Agats from 1965-1969. He was the regional superior for the Crosiers in Agats when he was appointed bishop. Bishop Sowada was appointed the first Bishop of Agats, Indonesia, May 29, 1969, and was consecrated bishop of Agats, Nov. 23, 1969, by the Most Reverend Joseph Mees, Apostolic Pro-Nunico to Indonesia.
Bishop Sowada, OSC, died on Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia.
The reception of the body of Bishop Sowada was held Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Cloud.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Jan. 17, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, St. Cloud, with Bishop Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of Saint Cloud presiding. The homilist was Bishop John Kinney, Bishop Emeritus of Saint Cloud.
A private family burial will be at the Crosier Priory Cemetery, Onamia.
Bishop Sowada is survived by his brothers and sisters, Adrian (Joann) Sowada, Little Falls, Marlene (John) Mulrooney, Winona, Ramona Sowada, Addison, Ill., Rose Ann (David) Munsch, Poway, Calif., Lenore (Michael) Leigh, Green Valley, Ari., Dennis (Janice) Sowada, Rice, and Terese (Richard) Athman, Hamilton, Mont.; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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