Rev. Msgr. Francis A. Galles was born in Iona, Minnesota on March 8, 1927 to Charles and Virginia (Boltz) Galles. He completed his studies at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and the Gregorian University in Rome. On December 20, 1952, Monsignor Galles was ordained to the priesthood at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome by His Eminence Clement Cardinal Micara. Monsignor Galles’ assignments as Parochial Vicar were at St. John Nepomucene in Winona and St. Pius X in Rochester. As Pastor, he served at St, Francis Xavier in Windom, St. Augustine in Jeffers, St. Columban in Preston, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Fountain, and St. Patrick in Lanesboro, Other notable assignments include Religion Instructor at Cotter High School in Winona; Assistant Editor of The Courier; Diocesan Director for Family Life and the Spiritual Renewal Program; Spiritual Director for Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona for three years and the North American College in Rome for nine years; Advocate and Notary for the Tribunal; Junior Clergy Examiner; Chaplain for the Sisters of St. Francis Motherhouse in Rochester; and Parochial Administrator for St. Columban in Preston, St. Lawrence O’Toole in Fountain, St. Ann in Slayton, St Mary in Lake Wilson, St. Ignatius in Spring Valley, St. Finbarr in Grand Meadow, and St. Patrick in LeRoy. In 1962 he was named Papal Chamberlain by Pope John XXIII and in 1968 he was named Domestic Prelate. On July 1, 1997, Monsignor Galles joined the rank of senior priests of the diocese, and continued to offer daily Mass several days a week at St. Columban Church, Preston, where he still lives, and also fills in at parishes throughout the Diocese on occasions.