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INTERVIEW: Remembering "Carnival Priest" Father John Vakulskas

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A well-known Siouxland priest passed away on Sunday, September 27th due to complications of COVID-19 and cancer at the age of 76.

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BRIAN VAKULSKAS

Father John Vakulskas served many Catholic parishes in Siouxland during his half-century career.  He was also known as the “Carnival Priest” and was appointed International Coordinator of Carnival Ministries by Pope John Paull II in 1993.   

His nephew Brian Vakulskas of Sioux City talks to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about Father John's life and the impact of COVID-19 on his uncle's beloved amusement park industry and health. 

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FR. JOHN VAKULSKAS AT ST. JOSEPH IN MILFORD, IA - JULY 2020

Thank you to Brian Vakulskas for sharing his uncle’s story with Sheila who first met Father John decades ago when he served as priest in her hometown of Dow City, IA

For more on Father John Vakulskas click here.

Obiturary can be found here.

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LONGER INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN VAKULSKAS

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POPE FRANCIS HONORS FR. JOHN VAKULSKAS ON JUNE 16, 2016
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FR. JOHN VAKULSKAS

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.
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