The Rev. Jeff Ethen conducted his final mass as priest at St. Leonard’s in Pelican Rapids, and at St., Elizabeth.

He has served the parishes since 2012. He has accepted a position with the St. Cloud diocese as a “mobile minister,.” serving Spanish-speaking parishes through the 16 county region.

A farewell gathering was hosted June 28 at the E.L. Peterson Park, near the St. Leonard’s Church.

Pastor Ethen is pictured here with Nancy Hilber, who has been a “big sister” relationship through his years in Pelican Rapids.

Replacing Ethen at the Pelican Valley group of parishes is Patrick Hoeft, a recently ordained priest. He will be affiliated with Leonards, Elizabeth and Our Lady of Victory in Fergus Falls—along with Rev. Alan Wielinski.