Father Dana Christensen


Father Dana Christensen, 44, passed away on May 15, 2022, at his home in Milbank surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS.

A solemn high requiem Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Father Christensen on Thursday, May 19 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Mass will be prayed at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls with Father Prior Benedict, OSB, a friend of Father Christensen’s, presiding. The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood will attend and pray in choir. The Mass will be livestreamed and recorded and viewable at Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank A liturgical wake service will be prayed at St. Lawrence Church beginning at 7:00 p.m. Reverend Thomas Hartman will preside. Interment will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Milbank. Reverend Gary DeRouchey will preside at the burial. Friends and family are invited to gather in the parking lot at St. Lawrence Church by 10:50 a.m. to drive together in procession to the cemetery. A luncheon will follow at St. Lawrence Church.

He is survived by his parents: Lowell and Cindy Christensen of Milbank, SD; his brother, Jon (Alesia) Christensen, Milbank, SD; and sisters: Katie (Justin) Pinkert, Milbank, SD; and Annie Christensen, Milbank SD; nieces and nephews; and maternal grandmother, Rose Kelly.

Grateful for his witness and 17 years of priestly ministry, please remember Father Christensen in the customary offering of three Masses. To send an online condolence, visit

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