Father Madanu Lourdu Raju
Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever. I am overwhelmed by the blessings that have come upon me. I give thanks to God for the gift of faith and his loving invitation to share in his divine life. My sincere thanks to you all for your warm welcome into the parish. I am very happy to introduce myself to you. I am Fr. Madanu Lourdu Raju from the diocese of Nalgonda, AP. INDIA.
I am serving as a loaned priest in the diocese of Superior, WI, at the invitation of Bishop James P. Powers. I like to be addressed as "Father Lourdu." I was ordained a priest on February 14th, 2005 in my home town. I come from a very traditional Catholic community consisting of 500 Catholic families. We had 28 priests ordained from my native parish. I lost both of my
parents, however I have four brothers and one sister. My four brothers are married and my sister is working as a nurse in a nearby town.
2005 – 2006 : Assistant parish priest at St. Joseph’s church
2006 – 2012 : Parish priest at Nirmala Matha church, Haliya
2012 – 2014 : Principal and correspondent at Kanukamatha
High School, Govindapuram
2014 - 2016 : Parish priest at St. Mary’s church,
2016- SS. Peter and Paul, Gilman cluster
I am very happy to be here. I am looking forward to our journey together, as we make our way through joys and challenges and strive to draw always closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless you!
Sister Marianna Ableidinger, F.S.P.A.
Director of Religious Education
Greetings and Peace! My name is Sister Marianna Ableidinger. I am a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA), whose Motherhouse in located in LaCrosse, Wl, where we have had Perpetual Adoration for over 135 years. My parents are Lee and Annabell Ableidinger, deceased, who had a big family of five girls and ten boys. Five boys are now deceased. Most of my family live in and around Mondovi, Durand, and Rock Falls, WI, with some living in Minnesota.
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Monica R. Knusta
My name is Monica (Rewolinski) Knusta. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, I am the youngest of 8 children. I was a member of St. Veronica, where I attended grade school, studied music (violin) and was a cantor. I graduated from St. Mary's Academy, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM. After graduation, I set out on a journey to see the world. While working at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, I met Brian Knusta. We were married in 1995, and moved to Wauwatosa, WI where we raised two boys, Jonathan and Alexander. Over the past twenty years, I have worked in the financial services field for American Express, Ameriprise and Edward Jones, and I completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. Our family moved to Lublin in 2010 when Brian took over management of the Knusta family farm. Although we lost Brian in a tragic accident in 2016, the boys and I love the farm, the community and the many friends we have come to know.
Idz z Bogiem!