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Fr. Rudy Breunig at a gathering of friends during the weekend celebration of his 50 years of priesthood.

By Barbara Bechtold

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, Father Rudy Breunig, S.T. celebrated his Golden Jubilee Mass — celebrating 50 years of priesthood — at St. Norbert Parish, Roxbury, Wisconsin. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1965 in Winchester, Virginia and said his first Mass on June 6th at his home parish, the site of the Jubilee Celebration. He chose to use the saying ‘A Blessed Adventure’ on his celebration program and spoke of his years of priestly service as a ‘Blessed Adventure.’

Fr. Rudy served in the Diocese of Juneau for five years in the early 1980’s. During that time he developed many friendships that persisted over the years and many of those friends, now scattered across the country, gathered in Wisconsin in secret to surprise Fr Rudy for his 50th Year Celebration. Adding to that, Sister Margaret McCarthy, B.V.M. who also served in the Diocese of Juneau during Fr. Rudy’s tenure, took a detour on her trip home to Ireland to join the celebration. It was a weekend of celebration with stories, memories and renewed friendships. Fr. Rudy is now retired and living in Maryland. His address is:

Fr. Judd Missionary Cenacle
1733 Metzerott Rd.
Adelphi, MD 20783

15 Alaskans
15 Alaskans traveled to celebrate 50 years with Fr. Rudy: Top left to right: Paula Jelinek, Mark Jelinek, Debbie Fagnant, Dick Fagnant, Shayla Walker, Bill Walker, John Tomaro, Teri Seaton, Greg Stevens, Barbara Bechtold, Terry McDermaid. Front left to right: Diane DeSloover, Jan DeSloover, Dan Tomaro, and Judy Collison.

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