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The Rev. Bill Deziel in front of the large card in the entry of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Cottage Grove. On the card, parishioners wished him well as he leaves the church to lead St. Peter's Catholic Church in North St. Paul. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Deziel leaves St. Rita's in Cottage Grove

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As the Rev. Bill Deziel leaves St. Rita's Catholic Church in Cottage Grove, he said it was a joy to serve the congregation and walk with them in faith.


After six years, Deziel is headed to St. Peter's Catholic Church in North St. Paul, "a vibrant perish" of 2,200 families and a school. Deziel is among 45 priests moving this summer at the request of the Archdiocese.

"I wasn't looking for a change," Deziel said in an interview. "But we serve at the service of the bishop."

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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