NEW ULM - Father James E. Moran, 81, of New Ulm, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Monday, October 21, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Bishop John M. LeVoir celebrating the Mass. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Calvary Cemetery in Tracy.
Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home (South Chapel) in New Ulm and from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Father is survived by many loving relatives; friends; and parish community members. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary; and brother, Donald.
The third child of the late James and Mabel (Carroll) Moran, he was born on April 19, 1932 in Tracy, MN. Following graduation from high school in 1950, he completed a B.A. in sociology in 1954 from St. Thomas College before entering St. Paul Major Seminary.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of New Ulm on February 22, 1959 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm by Bishop Alphonse J. Schladweiler.
Following his ordination he served in the parish communities of Litchfield, Willmar, Swan Lake, Middle Lake, Wabasso, Nassau, Clara City, Raymond, Granite Falls, Lafayette, and West Newton Township. Since retiring in 2003, Father Moran continued to assist parishes for weekend and holy day liturgies.
Father Moran served on many diocesan committees and boards, including Council of Catholic Women, Priest Personnel Board, Priest Council, Marriage Tribunal, and Diocesan Consultors Board. He served as part-time chaplain at Willmar State Hospital and also completed life-time certification for teaching high school in Catholic schools and the public high school in Clara City. In 1982, he completed a Sabbatical study program in Rome and the Holy Land. Special thanks to Dr. Sanjay Mishra and staff, Karen of Hospice, and the Divine Providence Community Home for their loving care and support.