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Monsignor Francis Friedl named "First Citizen"

Photo courtesy of the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald Photo courtesy of the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Monsignor Francis Friedl of Dubuque is the recipient of the 39th annual First Citizen Award by our coverage partners at the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.

Friedl, a Waterloo native, is recognized for his life of achievement, leadership, and commitment to community.

He is 91-years-old and a retired priest, pastor, educator and administrator.

His favorite accomplishment is writing nine books, and his best life memories are from serving the church.

"My most favorite memory that I have is bringing someone back to the church that has left the church for a long period of time. To see the joy in their faces when they finally come back to church is a great thing," Friedl said.

Friedl holds degrees from Loras College in Dubuque and Catholic University of America. He was ordained 65 years ago in 1943. Friedl worked at Loras from 1947-1977, the last six years as president.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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