Father Jim Tigges to Provide Spiritual Care at Friendship Haven
March 17, 2016
When Father Jim Tigges retires in July, he looks forward to moving to Friendship Haven, where he will provide sacramental care and lead Mass during the week.
"This new phase of life is exciting," said Tigges, who has served as a Catholic priest for nearly 45 years. "I'm looking forward to not only living at Friendship Haven, but meeting new people and serving residents and staff throughout campus."
Tigges, a native of Willey, Iowa, has spent all his years in the priesthood in northwest Iowa, serving communities from Sioux City to Algona to Dayton. During this time in Dayton, Tigges also served as a guidance counselor at St. Edmond Catholic School in Ft. Dodge form 1984-87. Tigges moved to Humboldt in 2009 and serves three parishes in the area, including St. Mary's in Humboldt, Sacred Heart in Livermore and St. John's in Gilmore City.
After Tigges retires in July, he plans to move to a town home at Friendship Haven. "The friendliness and caring attitude of the people here impressed me," he said. "I was also amazed by how much Friendship Haven has grown and modernized through the years."
One thing that hasn't changed is Friendship Haven's strong support network to nurture spiritual wellness, including its history of welcoming residents and guests of all denominations. "Friendship Haven's founder, Dr. Clarence Tompkins, knew that spiritual wellness enriches not only your life, but the lives of others," said Julie Thorson, Friendship Haven's CEO. "We're delighted to welcome Father Tigges to campus and appreciate his commitment to nurturing people's spiritual wellness to help them meet the joys, challenges and changes of daily life more successfully."
Rev. Bethany Willers, Friendship Haven's spiritual care coordinator, looks forward to working with Father Tigges to provide the best possible spiritual care for people on campus. "A variety of spiritual and worship options is important to meet people's needs, and Father Tigges will help us expand those opportunities. Together we will be able to help more people than ever before. God is working in wonderful ways here at Friendship Haven!"
People's openness to growing spiritually and learning from each other is part of what makes Friendship Haven special, Tigges noted. "Being able to slow down and listen is a key part of showing care and concern for others, especially for older adults. I'm glad these new opportunities at Friendship Haven are setting a new course for me to serve others."
About Friendship Haven
Friendship Haven is a non-profit, continuing care retirement community in Fort Dodge, Iowa, that offers a full range of residential options, services and amenities for over 400 older adults. For more information, visit www.friendshiphaven.org.
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