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Emmetsburg Catholic Booster Club Honors Alumnus Father Bob Brown

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

IRISH #24 -- Zach Anderson (left) and Jacob Kibbie (right) model the #24 vintage basketball jersey that Father Robert Patrick Brown wore in 1956. Father Brown led the Emmetsburg Catholic High School Irish to a third place finish in Class B of the 1956 Iowa High School Basketball Tournament. The 1956 trophy is between the two Emmetsburg Catholic School eighth graders. A limited number of these jerseys will be available after the third annual Irish Open on Sunday, June 27. Father Brown, Honorary Alumnus for 2010, will be honored at a Mass at Holy Family Parish and reception on Saturday, June 26, sponsored by Emmetsburg Catholic School Booster Club. --Jane Whitmore photo

Each year, Emmetsburg Catholic School Booster Club honors an alumnus. The Honorary Alumnus for 2010 is Father Robert Patrick Brown, a 1956 graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High School.

While at Emmetsburg Catholic High, Bob Brown played basketball and baseball. As a point guard, he led the Irish to a third place finish in Class B of the 1956 Iowa High School Basketball Tournament. He was regarded one of the top guards in the tournament that year and was named to the Class B All-Tournament Team.

Brown continued his education at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, earning his B.A. in Philosophy. He was part of the Seminary program and was appointed to study four years of Theology at the North American College in Rome. Father Brown was ordained Dec. 18, 1963, at the Church of Christ The King in Rome. He completed his S.T.L. in Theology and later earned a Masters Degree in Guidance from Creighton University.

Father Brown has been assigned to schools throughout the diocese and currently serves as Pastor and Administrator at St. Louis Parish in Royal.

A reception for Father Bob Brown will be Saturday, June 26, at Corrigan Hall. Mass will be held at 5 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, with the reception to follow. Tickets for the Saturday evening dinner are available by contacting Holy Family parish, 2001 South Broadway, Emmetsburg, IA 50536; 712-852-3187;  or e-mail holyfamily@iowatelecom.net

Irish Open

The third annual Irish Open is Sunday, June 27, at Five Island Golf in Emmetsburg. The four-person best shot begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.

The Irish Open fee includes greens fees and a steak dinner. Golf cars are available at an additional cost. Non-golfers can also join the group for dinner at the Parish Center.

Register for the third annual Irish Open by contacting Jon Walker at 1806 Broadway, Emmetsburg. Deadline is June 20. The Irish Open is limited to 18 teams.

Father Brown will be honored at the awards and dinner.

The Irish Open is sponsored by the Auction Fest Committee, with all proceeds going to ECS Auction Fest.