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Fr. Donald Burns retires 1993Portions of two newsletters from Mary Mother of the Church thank Fr. Burns as he retires.
Fr. Donald Burns dies 2002Founding pastor of Mary Mother of the Church dies.
Ground breaking for Mary Mother of the ChurchFr. Donald Burns, founding pastor, is shown with Joe Kennelly whose family farmed the land where Mary Mother stands.
Mary Mother of the ChurchAir view of Mary Mother of the Church, Cliff Road, Burnsville, 1980s.
Mary Mother of the Church 2017The lower level Chapel at the Church in redesigned.
Mary Mother of the ChurchLower level Chapel, Mary Mother of the Church. Christmas 2018.
Mary Mother of the Church 2017Christmas Choir practice 2017.
Father Donald Burns and Father James ZappaFather Zappa was assigned to Mary Mother of the Church as co-pastor rather than Assistant of the Parish prior to the retirement of Fr. Burns.
Mary Mother of the Church, Easter 2016The Main altar area of Mary Mother of the Church on Cliff Road, decorated for Easter.
Fr. Donald Burns 1968Founding pastor of Mary Mother of the Church.
Mary Mother of the Church 2005 Parish DirectoryOpening page of the 2005 parish directory contains a welcome from Pastor Father Jim Zappa. Photos include, Fr. Jim Zappa, Associate Pastor Fr. Cletus Basekela, Deacon Rob Warhol and recently retired Deacon Peter Huberty.
Mary Mother parish likes new form of MassFebruary 10, 1966 Dakota County Tribune: Nine out of 10 members of Mary Mother of the Church favor liturgical updating.
Fr. Donald Burns 40th anniversary as a priestPortions of the Mary Mother of the Church newsletter provide a biography of Fr. Donald Burns.
Fr. Donald Burns and Fr. Harry MajerusFr. Burns, first and founding pastor of Mary Mother 1965 -1993 and Fr. Majerus was associate pastor 1971 - 1980.
Biography of Fr. Cletus Basekela (Click to open)Former Associate pastor of Mary Mother of the Church.
Fr. James PerklThird pastor of Mary Mother of the Church, photo 2017.
Fr. James Zappa Mary Mother of the Church.Second Pastor of Mary Mother of the Church. Born 1949 died 2015, burial Resurrection, Mendota Heights MN.
Mary Mother of the ChurchBefore the completion of the church, Masses took place at the Cedar School in Eagan. Here pastor Fr. Donald Burns is shown with an unidentified second grader at his First Communion.
Fr. Majerus named Assistant at Mary Mother of the ChurchNewspaper article on the arrival of Rev. Harry Majerus as Assistant Pastor at Mary Mother of the Church.
Fr. James ZappaFather Zappa at a Baptism at Mary Mother of the Church circa 2000.
Father Burnsville - Fr. Donald Burns founding pastor retires 1993August 15, 1993 Dakota County Tribune/Thisweek News reports that Fr. Burns has announced his retirement, leaving the parish he founded in 1965.
After 28 years, Father Burns to retire 1993June 15, 1993 - Sun/Current

Fr. Donald Burns, founding pastor of Mary Mother of the Church in 1965 is retiring...
Fr. Cletus BasekelaFr. Cletus was associate pastor of Mary Mother of the Church for 6 years. Fr. Cletus was born July 24, 1945 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kananga in the
Congo on August 1,1971.In August of 1972, Father went
to Rome for further studies at the “Università Pontificia Salesiana”
where he stayed five years.

Under an agreement between his own Archbishop and Archbishop Harry Flynn, Fr.Cletus arrived in the United States in March 1999 for a sabbatical which later was changed by both Archbishops into permanent residence. His first assignment in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in July 2000 was at St. Mark’s in St. Paul as Associate Pastor. In July 2001 he was moved from St.
Mark and sent as Associate Pastor to Mary Mother of the
Church in Burnsville. This assignment lasted six years.
Fr. Cletus BasekelaFr. Cletus Basekela, was an associate pastor at Mary Mother of the Church.
Fr. James ZappaFr. James Zappa second pastor of Mary Mother of the Church.
Fr. Harry Majerus returns to Burnsville in retirement 1991Fr. Majerus, former Associate Pastor of Mary Mother (1971 - 1980) then went to St. Mary's Parish in St Peter MInnesota and when he retired in 1991 moved to an apartment in Burnsville. He died in 1995.
Fr. Sledz looks back on time at Mary Mother 1982Rev. Stan Sledge ends two years as associate pastor of Mary Mother of the Church and began work as pastor of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul.
Fr. Tim MorinJuly 19, 1983 Burnsville current reports that Father Tim Morin has arrived at Mary Mother of the Church as the new assistant/associate pastor. The prior associate Rev. Stan Sledz left 8 months before. Pastor at the time was Fr. Donald Burns.
Fr. James ZappaFather James Zappa, left, playing the role of a medieval cardinal, talks with a fellow actor at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Father Zappa, who was handy with a sewing machine, made his own costume for the role, which he played at the Shakopee venue from 1987 to 2006. The recently retired pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville died Nov. 5. 2014.
Fr. James Zappa named co-pastor of Mary Mother 1991Fr. Zappa was named to Mary Mother to facilitate a smooth transition for the parish when Father Burns retired.
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