David Alan Hemann was born to Roman and Dorothy Hemann on August 16th, 1959 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the youngest of six boys. His earlier education included grades 1-8 at Corpus Christi Grade School and 9-12 at Saint Edmond Catholic High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, his S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and his M.A. in Sacramental Theology from the San Anselmo in Rome.
Fr. Hemann was ordained to the Diaconate on May 3, 1984 at St. Peters Basilica in Rome, Italy. He celebrated his ordination to the priesthood on July 20, 1985 at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Fr. Hemann’s assignments included: Holy Spirit (Carroll, Ia), St. Mary (Storm Lake, Ia), Little Portion Community (Eureka Springs, AR), Sacred Heart (Boone, Ia), Blessed Sacrament (Sioux City, Ia), St. Anthony (Hospers, Ia), St. Cecelia and St. Joseph (Sanborn and Hartley, Ia), and Marian Hall (Sioux City, Ia). On July 17, 2001, he was assigned as Pastor to Sacred Heart in Ida Grove, Ia. Then one year later took on Our Lady of Good Counsel in Holstein Ia. In these assignments, Fr. Hemann has been fully engaged in every kind of pastoral activity proper to a diocesan priest. These assignments have also included 10 years of teaching in both high schools and grade schools. He also has enjoyed working with the youth of the parishes, starting successful youth groups in Boone, Sioux City and Sanborn/Hartley and now in Ida Grove and Holstein. As much as he enjoys working with the youth, Father David is a priest who works well with people of all ages from conception to death to eternal life.
In addition to his regular priestly activities, Fr. Hemann has been engaged in a music ministry before and throughout his priesthood. He believes that music is the language of the people. Father David’s music has lent itself to involvement in a number of nation-wide ministries of giving retreats, missions and concerts. One highlight was being a featured artist in the presence of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the first World Youth Day in Rome in 1984 at the English speaking session at Santa Sabina. During 2000-2001, he was released for the period of one year from his regular priestly duties to pursue ministry around the diocese preaching on the themes of spirituality, discipleship, prayer and vocations. Each weekend was spent in a different parish putting on a mission which included regular weekend masses and homilies, a Sunday Evening Concert of original music and sharing the gospel, a Monday Evening talk on “Pruning and Fruitfulness in the Catholic Life” in the context of a reconciliation service, and a Tuesday Evening Healing Mass.
Father David has had the privilege of co-hosting with Msgr. Michael Heras a thirteen part teaching/musical series on EWTN called “Alive with Baptism.” The series itself won the UCMVA 2003 UNITY AWARD for BEST RELIGIOUS TELEVISION PRESENTATION FOR CATHOLIC EVANVELIZATION OF THE YEAR.
Father Hemann appears on the EWTN series called BACKSTAGE which features Catholic musicians from around the country.
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