Father Dennis Rausch
Father Dennis Rausch:
Father Dennis was the sixth of eight children of Paul and Josephine Rausch. He was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on February 22, 1952. He was just five years old when the family moved to Billings, Montana.
For 12 years he attended Catholic schools taught by Sisters from Leavenworth, Kansas. In seventh grade he became an altar boy and felt called to priesthood although he flunked Latin twice. He believed that if God was calling him God would find a way to make it happen. God wanted him to become a priest and he entered the college seminary with the Divine Word Missionaries after graduating from high school.
He found the diversity among his fellow seminarians to be wonderful. After one year of novitiate in Mississippi he returned to graduate college in May of 1976 and in the fall he entered Major Seminary at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He took two years to find out if he was being called to the missionary community. He spent the two years in Papua, New Guinea experiencing full immersion in a foreign culture. He was ordained on December 13, 1980.
As a priest, Father Dennis has served in many roles. He served as a vice principal at the community’s school seminary in Bordentown, N.J. He spent some years recruiting for the seminary in Iowa.
Father has worked in Florida for many years. He has been a campus minister for a number of those years. He was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami. He did parish ministry at St Augustine’s Church in Coral Gables and St. Charles Borromeo in Hallandale.
Father Dennis began a ministry to serve persons with HIV/AIDS and served as diocesan director of this ministry while in residence at St. Clements in Fort Lauderdale and here at St. Maurice where he is now in residence. He is now retired but continues to be involved in his ministry.