Rosary stone walk dedicated at former St. Boniface Church site

by Terry Schwartzenberger – Napoleon Homestead


Father Neil Pfeifer, Pastor of St. Philip Neri’s Church in Napoleon, blesses the new Rosary Stone Walk at the St. Boniface Cemetery on June 5. (Photo courtesy of Napoleon Homestead)

Folks with ties to the former St. Boniface Catholic Church, 12 miles southwest of Napoleon, as well as others, gathered on the grounds on June 5 where the former church once stood and which had its last Mass Dec. 31, 2006.

The occasion was to dedicate the newly placed step stone walk¬ing rosary path. The afternoon of events and activities for the rough¬ly 125 people in attendance start¬ed with an outdoor Mass under a tent, in honor of the feast day of St. Boniface, followed by the blessing of the stepping stone rosary by Father Neil Pfeifer, along with Deacons Gary Schumacher and Allan Baumgartner as well as seminarian Eric Seitz. The attendees recited the rosary, led by leaders Danny Schmidt and Lori Gross, while folks stood on the walking path stones for each Hail Mary. Former St. Boniface parishioners and musicians Margaret Wald and Tony Wangler also offered a song in German.

An outdoor meal was provid¬ed to all while Larry and Doreen Fettig offered horse drawn wagon rides, which included a trip to the nearby farm of Mitch and Doris Leier, where the children had the opportunity to view farm animals, while others viewed the gravesites in the St. Boniface Cemetery.