Dave Cunnien and his wife, Hayden, and their two daughters, Charley and Aisley, ages 4 and 3, started attending Mass in St. Paul, Minn., last fall and went about five or six weeks in a row. Last fall he received a call from Building Restoration Corp. project manager Chris Sacks, telling him of the restoration project at St. Leo's in Minot.
"I don't work out-of-town because of my small family," Cunnien said. He and his wife talked about the project and came to the conclusion that "This could be a calling. Maybe something divine is happening. We decided it would be great to come to Minot with one stipulation that we would come here as a family.
"We actually started going to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for the same reason. We didn't want anyone to think we were motivated by anyone here."
The Rev. Austin Vetter, center back, baptized Hayden and Dave Cunnien in early October in Minot. Their daughters, Charley and Aisley, will be baptized later in Minnesota.
"Then when Father Vetter discovered that he invited us to catechism classes. We were just pleased as punch because that was a goal of ours anyway. We have always thought of this project as divine in nature for us that we came here as a family."
Dave and Hayden were baptized in St. Leo's Church in early October and will have their daughters baptized in St. Paul so more of their family members can be present.