End of an era at Church of the Ascension

Fr. Paul Ardolf came to Church of the Ascension in 1981 and has stayed active there until retiring at the age of 89. (Submitted photo)

Fr. Paul Ardolf came to Church of the Ascension in 1981 and has stayed active there until retiring at the age of 89. (Submitted photo)

The beginning of 2013 has marked the end of an era at Church of the Ascension in Norwood Young America.

Fr. Paul Ardolf, who served as the priest of the parish since 1981 and spent over 60 years in the ministry, took part in his last Mass on Sunday, Feb. 10 and has retired to Byrne Home for retired priests in St. Paul at the age of 89.

The need to retire due to age and health is a familiar theme to Catholics worldwide after Pope Benedict recently announced that he would step aside for similar reasons. When asked about that similarity, Ardolf’s quick wit and dry sense of humor surfaced.

“Somebody joked that the pope heard about my retirement so he decided to do likewise,” Ardolf said with a laugh. “Leaving Ascension, that was family to me, and it was a difficult choice to make. But it’s probably for the best, because I’m getting up there in age and it’s time to let others take over.”

See the Feb. 21 edition of The Norwood Young America Times for the rest of this story.

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