The North Bend Eagle


Morse Bluff churches welcome Hunt to pulpit

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/16/17

The Rev. Dennis Hunt has been in this area before. At the time he was not aware of Morse Bluff, where he is now serving the St. George and Sacred Heart parishes as pastor.

Hunt, 65, served the Bruno and Abie parish in the mid-1980s. He took the gravel road straight to Prague many times but never made it to Morse Bluff.

Fr. HuntRev. Dennis Hunt is the new minister serving the Morse Bluff and Cedar Hill Catholic churches. He likes to talk to people he meets on his walks.

“I hadn’t gone the short distance from Prague up to Morse Bluff,” Hunt said. “(Another priest) said it was a really pretty parish and nice parish in Cedar Hill. ‘Really,’ I said.”

Originally from Kansas, Hunt grew up in Lincoln. He has two sisters still living there, a brother in Omaha and one in Ohio.

Hunt thought about the priesthood as a youth.

“When I was younger my cousin and I said we would do a tandem, I would be the priest and she’d be the sister,” Hunt said. “But we both kind of grew out of it, she with boys, me with girls.”

After graduating from University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a business administration degree, he was considering continuing at UNL to study engineering but decided to give seminary a try.

“I thought ‘What are you going to do? Sit around and pray all day?” Hunt said. “But at least I’ll have a chance to see if it’s something for me. I was surprised. It wasn’t boring. There is just an understanding of the way things are. It was great. The scriptures became more alive, the connections, the love of God, the mercy of God, it just seemed so real. I’m a rather a playful person, in the sense, it was a playful awareness of just the workings of God.”

Hunt graduated from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia in 1981.

He served at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in David City as a vicar before being assigned to the Bruno and Abie churches in 1985. Next he went to three churches in Lawrence, Nebraska, for 10 years.


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