Meet Father Gabriel

Fr. Gabriel Anderson grew up the fourth oldest in a family of 10 children. That was good training for a life of service!! He was ordained to the priesthood at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque on June 24, 1989 by Archbishop Daniel Kucera. After various pastoral assignments, Archbishop Jerome Hanus appointed Fr. Gabriel as pastor of St. Columbkille, Dubuque in July 2006. In addition, the Archbishop appointed him to also be pastor of St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque in July 2012.

Fr. Gabriel has wonderful pastoral assistance of Fr. Davis.  Together this holy band of brothers serves 6000 parishioners of the linked parishes of St. Joseph the Worker and St. Columbkille!!

This letter was taken from the NEW, 2017 Pastorate Ministry Booklet.  Please refer to that booklet on this site on the HOME page under Stewardship Booklet. 

A Message from Fr. Gabriel

+ JMJ +

(that means Jesus, Mary and Joseph, The Holy Family, pray for us!)


Dear Parishioners,

In the time of St. Columbkille and today, the Catholic Irish experience is one of great renewal! New Grace for a new generation. Young people will confirm their Catholic Faith and discern the Divine purpose of their life. The Holy Spirit will guide them in the single life, marriage, religious life or priesthood.

Faith forging, character developing, endurance praying experiences come to us all. Our new Associate Pastor and Director of Youth Ministry, Fr. Ralph Davis, invites us to embrace the 2018 Synod on "Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."

Our world is immersed in a sophisticated culture war of illusion & deception, convenience & self-centeredness, profanity & apostasy. Yet God’s love is  the hinge of every vocation. The little way of love, small acts of virtue, hidden heart-felt prayers and help for those in need brings inner peace, greater joy and love that lasts forever! Learning from every generation, we face the future together in the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Thank You for participating in the linked parishes of St. Columbkille and St. Joseph The Worker. We are better together, bringing the Good News of Jesus to a world in need of salvation.

May Almighty God Bless you,

Fr. Gabriel Anderson



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