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Father Don Leiphon’s Golden Jubilee

On Friday June 8th Father Don Leiphon celebrated his 50th year of ordination into the priesthood. The celebration was held at Maryvale in the Sheyenne River Valley north of Valley City. where Father Leiphon serves as chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. The Mass was presided over by Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop, Diocese of Fargo.

Father Don Leiphon grew up on a farm near Devils Lake, ND. He graduated from Assumption Abby College in 1962 and St. John’s University in 1966. Father Leiphon was ordained June 8th 1968 at St. Joseph Church, Devils Lake, ND by Most Rev. Leo Dworschak. He received a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1984.


Father Leiphon served at parishes in Oakes, Cogswell, Langdon, Nekoma, Milton, Osnabrock. In 1973 Father Leiphon was named pastor of both Sacred Heart Parish in Orrin and St. Anselm’s Parish of Fulda, and later also Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Balta. In 1981, Father Leiphon was made Spiritual Director of Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo. In 1989, Father Leiphon took the position of Chaplin to the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmel of Mary Monastery, near Wahpeton, ND. In 2003 he became pastor St. Philip’s parish in Napoleon, ND. Today, Father Leiphon is Chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation at Maryvale in Valley City, ND.

In attendance at the celebration was the Bishop of the Fargo Diocese, thirty priests, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, and a large gathering of friends and family.


At the reception following Mass, Sister Elaine Lange said, “We are so blessed to have Father Leiphon here at Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. His gentleness, green thumb, and homilies have greatly enriched our Community.”

Woman’s Retreat

The theme of this year’s retreat is Walking With Jesus.

Pope Francis has been speaking about how important it is for the church to accompany people through their struggles and challenges. This means more than just being with people, it involves a profoundly deep support which we find through Jesus’ own example of accompaniment in the scriptures.

Upcoming retreats:

April 6, 2018 7:00pm – April 8, 12:30pm

July 13, 2018 7:00pm – July 15, 12:30pm

Suggested donation: $85

Three Hour Retreat

Participate with others in these retreats which are designed to assist a person who desires spiritual growth. The format for these retreats allows for small group gatherings which enable participants to converse on their prayer experiences and encounters with God.

Upcoming three-hour retreats:

“Emptying Your Cup”
January 27, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

“Emptying Your Cup”
February 10, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

March 10, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

“Emptying Your Cup”
May 12, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Suggested donation: $35

Ignatian Retreat

The Ignatian Retreat is steeped in the Gospels and is based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This is a silent retreat where one is able to meet Jesus in the experiences of Jesus’ own life.

Conferences and individual directors are part of the retreat.

Upcoming retreats:

January 19 – 21, 2018

April 27 – 29, 2018

Suggested donation: $85