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LUETE, Charles Joseph (Brother)

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LUETE, Charles Joseph (Brother). (Dubuque, IA, Feb. 21, 1942--St. Paul, MN, Jan. 1, 2021). Charles Joseph Leute, the son of Charles Edward and Agatha Lucy Frommelt Leute, was one of six children. Chuck, as he was known by all his Dominican brothers, was a descendent through his father of the SAUK AND FOX who lived in the MISSISSIPPI RIVER area around eastern Iowa. Though raised in urban America, his Native American roots led him to “missionary work” among the poor rural Indian people on reservations in South and North Dakota.

His early education was at Holy Ghost School (1948-1958), LORAS ACADEMY (1956-1959), WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (1959-1960) and LORAS COLLEGE (1960-1962). In 1962, Chuck was received into the Dominican Order (August 30) at the Province novitiate in Winona, Minnesota. He made first profession on August 31, 1963, completed his initial formation at AQUINAS INSTITUTE and was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1969 in the chapel of St. Rose Priory.

Father Chuck devoted most of his ministerial life to the Native American people on the Northern plains of the United States. In 1968, he worked briefly as a deacon on the Crow Creek Reservation in central South Dakota. But beginning in 1970, he served the Oglala Lakota Indians at Our Lady of Lourdes Mission in Porcupine and then at Sacred Heart Church in Pine Ridge both on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Both Churches are about seven miles from Wounded Knee (site of the famous Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890) in the southwestern corner of South Dakota. Of the 3,142 counties in the United States, these are among the poorest.

In 1986 Father Chuck became associate pastor at Holy Rosary Church in Minneapolis, but in 1987 he then moved to the northeastern edge of North Dakota to become the pastor of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church, Fort Totten, on the Spirit Lake Reservation and to minister to the Pabaksa, Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of the Devils Lake Sioux tribe. He was assigned there until his death in 2020.



Obituaries, Dubuque Today, Online: https://dubuquetoday.com/obituaries/#Brother%20Charles%20Joseph%20Leute,%20O.P.%20(Cajetan)