Oct. 14, 1916
Nov. 20, 2002
Father Bob was a Catholic Priest, the son of Leopold Palen & Besse Leone (Koch) Palen. |
After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, he took his theology training in Innsbruck, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.
Because of World War II, he completed his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.
He was ordained June 7, 1941, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa by Archbishop Francis J. Beckman.
Father Bob served as an Associate Pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Dubuque, Iowa from 1941 to 1948.
Father Robert “Bob” Leon Palen organized the building of the church and rectory at the Maquoketa Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1970’s.
Diagnosed with Leukemia in 1979. Retired from the priesthood in July 1982.
Father Bob resided at 1117…
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