Bulldog Lake Craft & Retreat Center

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The History of Holy Family Seminary

Pictured above is the original seminary building built in 1925 by the Missionaries of The Holy Family based in St. Louis, MO.


In the 1920's, MSF priests from Germany came to the United States and began working among the poor in South Texas. In 1924 Reverend Joseph Grundhoff MSF made his way to central Minnesota to fulfill the growing need for new Catholic parishes. The original Holy Family Catholic church consisted of a small cabin, built on Long Lake in 1924. The following year, land was purchased by the St. Louis missionaries on the nearby shores of Bulldog Lake where the seminary building was constructed. Complete with a small chapel, masses were held there until the church could be built several years later. The site was self-sustaining with the lake, a large garden (still outlined today), and several out buildings including a barn that held various animals. There have been two major fires, one major addition, and many major memories for those that grew up in the community. As we open a new chapter in its legacy, we invite you to make some memories of your own!

Fr. Grundhoff standing by the original

 Holy Family on Long Lake

1930's addition project which doubled the building's size.