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Obituary: Fr. Lawrence Haas


December 16, 2019

Fr. Lawrence Haas Carrington, N.D.

Father Lawrence Haas, 86, passed away on Dec. 8, 2019 at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington. The funeral service was held Dec. 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carrington. Burial was at Lidgerwood Cemetery in Lidgerwood. Bishop John T. Fold, Fr. Bernie Pfau, Fr. Terry Dodge and Deacon Mike Hass officiated. Music was provided by the Sacred Heart Choir and Luke Boyer. Pall bearers were priests of the Diocese of Fargo, Fr. Bernie Pfau, Fr. Gerald Braum, Fr. Bernie Schneider, Fr. Chuck Leute and Fr. Tom Grainer. Honorary pall bearers were nieces and nephews of Father Haas.

Born on May 8, 1933 to Michael and Anne Haas in Lidgerwood, N.D. He attended rural schools and St. Boniface Catholic School in Lidgerwood. He graduated from Lidgerwood High School. He attended St. John's University near St. Cloud, Minn., and then entered St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1963. He celebrated his first solemn Mass on June 2 at St. Boniface in Lidgerwood.

Father Haas was associate pastor of St. John's Church in New Rockford, N.D. and taught at St. James Catholic High School. Later he transferred to Holy Spirit Parish in Fargo. Three months later, he became the new pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, the Catholic parish for the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

In 1984, he became pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Devils Lake, N.D. In addition, he had mission parishes in Starkweather and at St. Benedicts north of Crary. In 1996, he became pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Carrington. For the first two years, he had a mission parish in Kensal, N.D. Father Haas retired from full-time ministry in 2008.

He is survived by one brother Bob (ArDeen) Lidgerwood; three additional sisters-in-law: Betty Haas of St. Paul, Mary Haas of Bismarck, Joan Ressler of Bismarck; 24 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Theodore, Paul and Ray; two sisters: Mary Firnstahl and Margaret Anne Gaukler; and a niece.

Arrangements made by Evans Funeral Home, N.D.


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