Father Leo Proxell describes himself as “a simple country pastor.” He was born on February 19, 1951 and raised in Anaconda, Montana of Irish and Croatian/Austrian roots. He attended Catholic grade school and high school. He went on to Carroll College and earned a BA in English, then to St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore, WA for MDiv degree (priest). He has a master’s degree in Liturgical Music from St. John’s, Collegeville, MN.
Father Proxell was ordained on November 18, 1977 in Butte. He has done Parish Ministry (rural work), and Campus Ministry (U of M and Carroll College). He was Legendary Lodge Chaplain from 1978-1986 and was a Cursillo Chaplain in the 1980s.
Father Proxell first love is music to the glory of God. He loves to sing and can play the piano, organ, and guitar. He has directed seminary choir, college choir (Carroll), and Cathedral Choir (Helena). His memberships include: Symphony choirs in Missoula and Helena, Mendelsohn Choir and College Choir in Missoula, “Music Central” octet and “Angels” choir in Conrad. He loves opera and symphony music.
Father Proxell has traveled a bit to Peru, Australia, Italy, the Holy Land, Hawaii, Yucatan, and all over the US, especially the national parks. He loves to hike and looks forward to Yellowstone. He likes to laugh, tell jokes and great stories. He finds that humor is a great road to the goodness of God.
May his pastorate be long and blessed.