Father James Meyer Pastor
Let me introduce myself, and maybe even ramble a bit as you become more acquainted with me as your new Pastor. First, I am 52 years old and celebrate my birthday on the 28th of September. I was born in Madison, South Dakota to Ray and Rita Meyer. I am the middle child of 5 and found my way through life to this point. I love my siblings, my folks with all my heart and they mean the world to me.
The oldest sibling Coleen lives in Walla Walla, WA with her husband and 7 children whom are all getting older and married. Then it is my next older sister, Bonnie, in Kansas City, KS and she lives with her husband and no kids at home but enjoys grand babies and stays in touch with them outside the home. I would be placed here in the order of siblings and am now positioned here at Holy Family. Next is my younger sister from Fargo, Barb, she lives with her husband and they have 4 kids one whom was married this past June and has a couple still at home in high school. Last, but not least, is my younger brother Robert, he lives in West Fargo and his daughter who is in high school.
I graduated from Fargo South in 1986, went to NDSU, Go Bison!!, as well as Cardinal Muench Seminary, which is no longer in operation from 1987-1990. I was then sent to The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio from 1990 to 1994. Graduated with a Masters and was assigned to Jamestown for the first 2 years, was asked to take the Vice President’s roll at Shanley High School and Pastor in Wyndmere for 8 years. Following this I was assigned to Mayville and Hunter for 5 years before landing in the last position at Holy Cross for 12 years.
I have many passions and hobbies but my greatest love would be spiritually taking care of the NDSU Bison football team. I have been offering Mass and leading in various ways, cooking and celebrating with them for the last 8 years. I realize I will have many detractors but I need to continue to be who I am and will look forward to sharing my love of sports with all teams. ☺ I am excited about the UND hockey games in the near future to root them on to another title, Go Hawks! I also love cooking for events and sharing my talents and time with friends and family and have a side gig of catering with my sister in Fargo.
I have begun to get my feet wet, looking and asking a good number of questions and will continue to learn as I go. I am a leader in many ways and ask for your patience and support as we see many needs on the horizon and will find a way to get them up to speed.
Fr. Jim Meyer
Father Jayaseelan Chinnappan Parochial Vicar
Elizabeth Dahlgren Business Manager
Elizabeth has been at Holy Family since the spring of 2018, first as the Parish Secretary, and now as the Business Manager. Originally from Oklee, Minnesota, she came to Grand Forks to attend UND and never left. Elizabeth and husband Josh have a big blended family of seven kids (six girls ranging in age from 6-15 and one wild little boy, Isaac, who just turned 3). Elizabeth says it is a joy to come to work at the church every day. She loves seeing all of our wonderful parishioners and visitors. Elizabeth also loves to accompany Masses here at Holy Family and at the Catholic chapel at the GFAFB. In her free time, she likes riding motorcycle with her husband, camping, doing anything outdoors, and cooking for her family.
Theresa Gosselin Parish Secretary
Allison Comstock Director of Religious Education
Cheryl Hahn Music Ministry Coordinator/Choir Director
Married at St Josephs, Devil's Lake, June 11, 1983 to Mike Hahn. We joined Holy Family Church in 1984. I have 4 children and 10 grandchildren and our dog, Brownie. In 2019, I retired from the nursing profession after 37 years of practice. I have played the piano since 2nd grade and started to play the organ in the Fillmore church in the 8th grade. I have been a Cantor and piano player at Holy Family since the early 1990s. I adore our music liturgy and am very excited to have choir music incorporated back into our weekend liturgies. I added the role of Choir Director last fall, took over as Music Ministry Coordinator in June of 2021 and I will continue to Cantor and play the piano as before. I am happy and excited for this new role at Holy Family Church!