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Alfred Janicke, 1968 and Today RIP

1968: From the Milwaukee 14 Statement at the time of the action

Fr. Alfred Janicke, 33, parish priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, is a member of the Social Action Committee of the Presbytery and represents the Archdiocese in the Minneapolis Urban Coalition. He has served as counselor in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Reflection of Al Janicke

Here is what I remember of Al Janicki after the action. When he left jail, in the spring of 1970, he and Jan came to live with me, Len and Mary Cors. I witnessed his marriage to Jan that same evening. Their plan was to stay in Milwaukee but then he got word that his friends in Minneapolis were quite upset with that decision and went overboard making him and Jan feel welcome back into the Catholic community they came out of. Sadly, we bade them good bye.

Al was earning his keep by counseling and continued that. They purchased farmland near Anoka and they had (I believe) seven daughters (all beautiful of course). Farming became their art and source of income. It was a fabulous small farm as I remember it; with goats, chickens, and probably pigs, cats, dogs. Al died suddenly of heart failure not long before the 25th anniversary party that we held for them here. The 25th M14 anniversary party took a collection for Jan and the family and I had the honor of carrying it to them at Thanksgiving that year.

— Bill Sell

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