|Mark Sanislo Portrait Painter
Father Bernard Reiser
50th Anniversary as a Preist
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Oil on Canvas
36" x 48"
Church of the Epiphany
Coon Rapids, MN
In 1964, Father Bernard Reiser founded the Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids. He bought 70 acres of farm land and it grew from 250 to 4,500 families and adding grade school for kindergarten through eighth grade.
Epiphany church is one of the largest parishes in the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In 1988 Fr. Reiser began holding the Perpetual Adoration of the Holy Eucharist, which signifies Jesus Christ as the center the faith and now Minnesota has one of the most Adoration chapels in America.
(Pastor Emeritus), Father Reiser’s many years of service have reached far beyond the bounds of the parish into all surrounding communities touching lives. Literally thousands and thousands of individuals and families have been pulled from the depths of despair because of Father Reiser’s devotion of time, energy, money and with values of love and respect for every single person. His compassion and humanity has been an inspiration many all over the world.
Father Reiser has been helping with the building of the Village of Jesus, a community near Port Au Prince, Haiti for homeless women that has a dining hall, laundry, community building and homes. "You can’t see people living in poverty and just walk away," said Reiser about his work in Haiti.
Fr. Riser served the people of the Epiphany church for 37years Reiser has been a priest for 55 years. He retired briefly for four years, but came out of retirement to become the Spiritual Advisor at St. Nicholas in New Market Minnesota.
"I don’t intend to retire," he said. "As long as I can work I will. As long as you can work why sit around gathering dust."