About Father Tom Knoblach
Fr. Tom was born in 1961, the youngest of four children of Alois and Mary (Steinbach) Knoblach. He was baptized at St. Anthony’s and grew up in St. Peter’s parish, St. Cloud. Fr. Tom is a graduate of Cathedral High School (1979) and entered the seminary in 1981. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona in 1983 and studied at the North American College and Angelicum University in Rome. Fr. Tom was ordained on June 13, 1987 for the Diocese of St. Cloud.
Fr. Tom has served the parishes of Sacred Heart in Sauk Rapids and St Anthony’s in St. Cloud as associate pastor. As pastor, Fr. Tom has served the parishes of St. Mary’s in Milaca, St. Ann’s in Wadena, St. Joseph’s in Bertha, St. Edward’s in Henning, St Charles in Herman, St. Mary’s in Chokio, St. Wendelin’s in Luxemburg, and St. Anne’s in Kimball prior to coming to the cluster of Holy Spirit, St. Anthony, and St. John Cantius in June of 2007.
Fr. Tom was asked to return to graduate studies in Houston (M.A. in Philosophy, 1994) and St. Louis (Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics, 2003). In addition to his parish work, Fr. Tom is the Consultant for Healthcare Ethics for the Diocese of St. Cloud. He also serves on several committees and boards on issues related to theology and ethics.
Fr. Tom enjoys reading, biking, walking, woodworking, and auto mechanics.
About Father Timothy Gapinski
Fr. Timothy spent seven years studying and preparing for the priesthood in St. Paul, first at St. John Vianney Seminary for three years and then at St. Paul Seminary for four. Before joining the seminary, Father Timothy was an infantryman in the U.S. Army for about five and a half years. For most of his tour he was stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He completed one 16-month deployment to Iraq.
His parents are Tom and Jo Ann and his siblings are Marie (Keith), Karen (Ryan), Ted, Daniel, Nicole and Anne. He has six nieces and nephews. Though his family is from Gilman and he claims Ss. Peter and Paul there as his home parish, he was actually baptized at St. Anthony.
Fr. Timothy likes working outdoors in the garden or cutting, splitting and stacking wood. He also likes to read and enjoys hockey and racquetball.