Deacon Rodger Brannan
Deacon Rodger Brannan was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Dennis Schnurr for the diocese on Nov. 25, 2001, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
Deacon Brannan’s wife is Nora and they have four children and four grandchildren. His ministry has included assisting at diocesan liturgies. He served at St. John’s Church, Duluth, and is currently serving the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
Deacon Michael Knuth
Deacon Michael Knuth was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Roger Schwietz, OMI, for the Diocese of Duluth on November 24, 1991, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
Deacon Knuth and his wife Lori have four children.
In his ministry, he has been published in The Northern Cross, Pilgrims Way of the Diocese of Duluth and The Sower. Deacon Knuth served the diocese as the vocation director and director of the office of education. He has served as administrator for All Saints Church, Baxter, and he also served at St. Alice Church, Pequot Lakes, and St. Christopher Church, Nisswa. He currently is serving St. Francis Church, Brainerd, and All Saints, Baxter.
Deacon Philip Mayer
Deacon Philip Mayer was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Roger Schwietz, OMI, for the Diocese of Duluth on November 24, 1991, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
Deacon Mayer and his wife Diane have three adult children and nine grandchildren. He is a dentist who works for the State of Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services. He and his wife reside in Ironwood.
Deacon Mayer and his wife have been involved with the Brainerd Deanery diocesan marriage preparation weekends for 30 years. Deacon Mayer has worked with teenagers in the parish and deanery for 37 years and taught religious education for adults and teenagers for 35 years. He assists at the Sunday liturgies whenever possible and finds assisting at the altar, this close proximity to the Presence, the most beautiful gift of ordination. It is for him the very root, the source of diaconal ministry.
Deacon Mayer has served at St. Joseph’s Church, Crosby, and St. Joseph’s Church, Deerwood, since his ordination.