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The Rev. Al Bitz, pastor at St. James Basilica, stands in the sanctuary of the church he has worked in for 11 years. Bitz plans to retire at the end of June. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Basilica’s Bitz to retire

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After 11 years as pastor at St. James Basilica and 45 years as a priest, the Rev. Al Bitz plans to retire in June.

“It’s been a privilege to serve here,” Bitz said of the basilica and the outlying parishes he serves as pastor.

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Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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