The two things most important to Our Lady of the Angels parishioners Peter and Annmarie Jordan are family and faith. Much of their time is spent focusing on the two. Having been married for 35 years, Peter and Annmarie have nine children from 12 to 34. They have four grandchildren.
The Jordans have been Our Lady of the Angels parishioners since they moved to Sauk Centre from the Fergus Falls area in 2001. They both grew up in the Montrose area. Annmarie was raised Lutheran, and Peter — one of eight children — was raised Catholic.
“We’ve really loved the priests we’ve had at the parish,” Peter says. “We liked Fr. Statz, and we like our priests now.”
Another thing that stands out about Our Lady of the Angels for Pete is the painting of Mary in the dome above the altar. It’s a beautiful representation of Mary, our mother.
Pete can often be found in the front of the church during Mass, serving as a lector or altar server. Several of the couples’ children also serve. Peter and Annmarie are also on the Prayer Chain and are active with the Teen Intercessory Prayer (TIP) ministry. In addition, Peter is a member of the Knights of Columbus. They also lead the Rosary before Mass and lend a hand during the annual Chow Mein Supper.
“I just try to set a good example,” Peter says. “I want to serve the Lord and try to get others to as well.”
Another way the couple works to grow in faith is by attending a weekly prayer service at the House of Prayer in Padua. They spend about three hours there — praying a Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, and offering prayers to the Holy Spirit. Fr. Greg Paffel usually celebrates two Masses per year at the location.
Each morning, Peter takes time to consecrate himself to Mary. He puts his hands on the Bible and asks the Lord to bring His Word to mind in all situations. The Jordans pray a Rosary together each day and feel it’s a great practice to heal your home and family. Fr. Greg has also consecrated the Jordans’ home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“If you have fallen away from the faith or are going through hard times, pray a Rosary with your family each day,” Peter says. “Even a decade of the Rosary is a good start.”
In their free time, the family enjoys visiting extended family. They usually all get together for a Sunday meal and play cards together. Peter and Annmarie also enjoy going out to eat and seeing movies at the theater.
Peter also appreciates the value of ongoing faith formation and recommends learning more about the saints to any Catholic who wants to grow deeper in faith and relationship with Christ. Annmarie has enjoyed learning more about St. Teresa of Calcutta. She credits St. Teresa for bringing them back to the Catholic faith.
“Read the lives of the saints,” Peter says. “So many of them have amazing stories. Their stories can be very helpful — even some of the older saints. Their stories are relevant nowadays.”