Father Vincent Arimond
Father Vincent Healy Arimond was born in Duluth. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas A. Welch at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth on June 4, 1955, for the Diocese of Duluth. He attended St. James School in Duluth for his elementary and junior high years then attended Denfeld High School in Duluth. He went to college at the Duluth State Teachers College and studied philosophy at St. Paul Seminary and theology at St. Procopius Seminary, Lisle, Ill.
Father Arimond served in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brainerd, St. Michael Church in Kerrick, St. Luke Church in Sandstone, St. Rose Church in Proctor,
St. Margaret Mary Church in Duluth, St. Joseph Church in Ball Club, St. Mary Church in Deer River, St. Catherine Chapel in Squaw Lake, Good Shepherd Church in Duluth and St. James Church in Duluth.
In 1981 he began serving at St. James’ Missions in South America for several years.
Father Arimond also served as a military chaplain for eight years, as chaplain at St. Ann’s Residence in Duluth and the Blue Army, as spiritual director of the Blue Army of Our Lady, chaplain of the Civil Air Patrol of Brainerd and served as a missionary in Peru with the Society of St. James the Apostle.
Father Arimond retired in 1997 and resides in Duluth.
Father Richard Oberstar, MSF
Father Richard Oberstar, MSF, was ordained to the Missionaries of the Holy Family in 1965 and is a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family.
Father Oberstar is currently a priest in residence at the St. Mathias rectory in Fort Ripley. He assists the St. Andrew and St. Mathias cluster of parishes with Masses and visiting the homebound. He has been residing and assisting in the Brainerd Lakes Area for more than a decade.
The celebration for his 50 years of priesthood took place at St. Andrew Church in Brainerd May 17. The ceremony began with Father Oberstar celebrating Mass, followed by a dinner where his family members, close friends, fellow priests and parishioners could celebrate.
To watch and listen to Father Oberstar tell his vocation story, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckG4CvWCwu4.