My name is Deacon Bob Raleigh. I grew up in Burnsville, MN on a dairy farm and attended District 15 (a one room country school grades 1-8). I then spent two years at Nazareth Hall, a prep seminary for priests, and graduated from Cretin High School as a Cadet Captain. I then farmed with my dad on the dairy farm. One day, I received a letter from the President of the U.S. that said “Greetings.” And then I spent two years in the U.S. Army. After that I resumed farming with my dad. The next year the Savage Postmaster asked me to carry mail for a couple of weeks. This turned into three years as a rural carrier and then was asked by the Postmaster to start up the Burnsville Post Office.
In the meantime, I met Sallie and we got married in 1964. We have four children and six grandchildren. I really missed dairy farming so we moved to Belle Plaine in 1971. We joined Our Lady of the Prairie Church and School. All four of our children attended OLP School.
In 1995, we saw an ad in the Catholic Spirit on information for the Diaconate Program and were one of the 12 couples to start school in 1997. I was ordained as a Deacon in 2000 and was assigned to serve at St. Wenceslaus church in New Prague, MN. In 2007, I was assigned to serve as a Deacon at OLP.
I am aslo assigned as a chaplain for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Jail. I am a religious volunteer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, MN since 1999.
It is my honor and privilege to serve our parish as a Deacon at Our Lady of the Prairie.
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