St. Paul, with its 300,000 inhabitants, is the capital of Minnesota. Across the Mississippi river is Minneapolis, St. Paul’s more populated complement; together they form one diocese and metropolitan, generally recognized as the Twin Cities.
The new mission in the Midwest is the most recent presence of the Fraternity of St. Charles in the United States, joining the houses of Washington D.C., Boston, and Denver. The presence of our priests in the land of 10,000 lakes in the urban suburb of North St. Paul, a few miles from the center of the city, was possible thanks to the invitation of Monsignor Bernhard A. Ebda, archbishop of the St. Paul-Minneapolis diocese.
The official beginning took place on the 27th of August 2017, when Fr. Ettore Ferrario was made pastor of the Church of St. Peter. Living and collaborating with Ettore are Fr. Pietro Rossotti, vice pastor or the parish and professor of Ecclesiology at the major seminary of the diocese, and Fr. Daniele Scorrano, who is currently dedicated to English studies.
The parish of St. Peter was born in 2007, when the then archbishop Mons. Harry J. Flynn desired to unite the adjacent parish Holy Redeemer, that was founded in the latter half of the eighteen hundreds by members of the Italian community. In general, the existence of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities comes from its European immigrants (French, Slovakian, Austrian, Irish and Italian) who had moved to the area, bringing with them the Catholic faith.
Connected to the parish is an elementary school, which has also been entrusted to the care of the Fraternity.