Who We Are
The Church of St. Edward was established in 1967 to meet the needs of the growing city of Bloomington and the new residents moving into new neighborhoods. We are named for St. Edward the Confessor and share his belief in helping the less fortunate. The first Mass in our new church was celebrated in 1970 by our founding pastor, Fr. Paul Dudley, later Bishop of Sioux Falls, S.D. Our founding parishioners still enjoy telling stories about Mass celebrated at Hubert Olson Junior High, fondly called St. Hubert Olson. In 1990 we dedicated an addition to our building, which gave us more meeting rooms, office space and a beautiful social hall.
If you would like to know more about our beginnings, we have compiled the histories as submitted by parishioners for our 50th Anniversary. Click to read the histories.
If you would like to view a slide show created for our 50th Anniversary celebration, it is posted on YouTube. Click to link to the video.
Today our parish includes more than 1,300 households—singles, couples, families at all life stages. Hundreds of volunteers share their time, talent and treasure with us in ministries that assist our parish and the broader community.
In 2012 and 2013, we completed a Parish Assessment and Renewal to help us plan for our future and set goals to keep St. Edward’s a strong and vibrant community of faith.
Living Our Values
We are known in our community for our hospitality, rich liturgies and great music. and commitment to social justice and outreach. We actively support Bridging, VEAP, Loaves and Fishes, Meals on Wheels and many more. Bishop Dudley lives on at St. Edward’s through the Dudley Fund, supported by donations and designed to help individuals and families in crisis.
We have reached beyond our own borders to build a relationship with our sister communities in Jinotega, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Parishioners, including our high school-age members, visit both of our sister communities each year.
Learning About Our Faith
Whether it is a preschool group on Sunday morning, a Wednesday evening middle grades 1-8 small group, a Tuesday evening adult Bible study group, or a special presentation by a great speaker, you will find us learning about our faith just about every day or evening in one of our many meeting spaces. We provide programs from nursery school through high school and beyond. Our Faith Formation Commission makes sure we have a range of choices to guide us at every phase of our faith journey.
Our dynamic Youth Ministry keeps our young people engaged after they receive Confirmation. Mission trips, projects in the community, Acts 29 peer ministry are all designed for faith enrichment and, of course, fun.
Having Fun and Looking Out For Each Other
We build our own sense of community through many parish wide events such as Donut Sundays and the celebration of the Feast of St. Edward. Whether we meet as volunteers or over a cup of coffee on Sunday morning, building connections with each other builds our community. And when one of us is having a tough time, members of our Pastoral Care team are there to walk with us.
How Things Get Done
Our ministries are grouped into six commissions: Administration, Worship, Faith Formation, Pastoral Care, Social Justice and Community Life. Our Parish Council, along with our staff, provide overall direction for the commissions and the many active ministries. At our monthly Leadership Night, commission and PPC members and staff share ideas and information.