Name: Fr. Charles Leute
Phone: (701) 766-4314
Date/Place of Birth: February 21, 1942 in Dubuque, IA
Universities attended (date, degree): Loras College
First vows: St. Peter Martyr Priory on August 31, 1963
Ordination: St. Rose of Lima Priory on May 24, 1969
Ministries served: Ministry with the Native Peoples of the Dakotas and Minnesota beginning in summer of 1968 as a Deacon–Crow Creek Reservation, and Native parish, Pierre, SD. Requested to return to St. Rose, DBQ for fall semester and Subbed in Dubuque parishes and served as a weekly confessor team at Sinsinawa Motherhouse. Left in January to Pine Ridge Reservation, SD. Pastor of the Porcupine District, Pine Ridge Reservation (including four church locations and a grade school) 1970-1979; transferred to Pastorate of Sacred Heart Parish, Pine Ridge (town) 1979-1985. Sabbatical at Institute of Creation Spirituality. Assigned to Holy Rosary Parish (Minneapolis) 1986-87 and worked with parish and archdiocesan office of Indian ministry. Came to Fargo, N. Dakota diocese in mid August 1987 and began pastorate of Seven Dolors Church, and two mission parishes, caring for three of the four districts of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Reservation until present.
Why did you choose to join the Dominicans? A connection from a customer in the Meat Market I worked in in high school, to meet a relative of his at St. Rose Priory who, as it turned out, was a son of my sophomore geometry teacher/head coach. Spiritually, through my devotion to Our Lady, and the Rosary, and some visions (or dreams), I considered a special event in fourth grade that planted the seed for my consideration of the priesthood, as I knew nothing about the Dominicans until I was a junior in high school, and met one of the Brothers at St. Rose, as arranged by the person in the meat market.