By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News
Bishop Mark Hagemoen joined friends and family of Monsignor Raymond Senger to celebrate the 85th birthday of the retired diocesan priest Feb. 2 at Columbian Manor in Saskatoon.
Celebration of Mass, a dinner and program marked the occasion honouring Msgr. Senger, who has served as a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon since his ordination more than 54 years ago on June 6, 1965.
Born and raised at Tramping Lake, SK, Msgr. Senger became a teacher before being accepted into St. Pius X Seminary in Saskatoon, and then continuing his formation at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario.
Ordained by Bishop Francis Klein June 5, 1965 at St. Paul Cathedral in Saskatoon, the newly-ordained Fr. Raymond Senger celebrated his first Mass at St. Michael Church in Tramping Lake the next day.
While serving as assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Kindersley, Fr. Senger taught in the Catholic school system. He later served parishes located in Morengo, Eatonia, Watrous, Young, Colonsay, Bigger, and Landis, the Radar Base at Alsask, as well as at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Peter the Apostle and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Saskatoon. He also served as pastor at St. Ann’s Home in Saskatoon.
He was named “Monsignor” on April 2, 2012, a pontifical honour conferred by Pope Benedict XVI for his service as a dedicated pastor in the diocese of Saskatoon.