Welcome to the memorial site for Father Darin
Thank you for visiting and paying tribute to Father Darin Didier. Please feel free to navigate his site. We welcome you to visit prayerfully and encourage your healing prayers as Father Darin is said to be the source for interecession for many miracles! Please take a moment to reflect on Father Darin's Perspective on suffering.
Father Darin's resting place
Saint Mary's Cemetery
723 West Winona Rd
Alexandria, Minnesota 5630
Biography of Father Darin
Father Darin John Didier was born September 27, 1972 in St. Paul, MN. He attended school in Alexandria, MN from kindergarten until he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1991. He earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1997. He studied at Cardinal Muench Seminary, Fargo, ND in the 1997-98 academic year and later entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. In 2000, while in the seminary, he asked the Lord for “a piece of the cross”. After having grown enough in faith through grace, his prayer was answered as he was diagnosed with a rare cancer in June of 2003. Despite his ever-worsening physical condition he persevered in faith, hope and obedience to God’s will for his life. He was ordained a transitional deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo on May 22, 2004 having just completed a three-month hospital stay. In July of 2004 his cancer came back worse than ever. God was giving him all he asked for and more-the grace to carry his cross humbly and without complaint. By submitting his will and his life to God his prayers were once again answered when he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Samuel Aquila on June 4, 2005 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND. Father Darin served as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Church in Fargo, ND alongside Father Jeffrey Wald starting June 22, 2005 until his death on September 6, 2005.
Darin was always running and achieved many honors including All-State
Minnesota in high school. At the University of North Dakota, where he
received a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, he also lettered in track and cross-country.
In February 1999 he wrote:" When running it seems like lately I either get the death or resurrection of Christ. Some days I just don’t feel well and it is just not easy to get into a rhythm. Maybe the lungs aren’t taking in enough air, the legs are stiff or heavy, or the stomach is feeling sick. Maybe the weather that day doesn’t make for the most enjoyable run. Other days, however, I just float along. It is like Christ is present, carrying me along. So my running presents me with either the presence of the cross or the resurrection of Jesus. But whether it is the cross or resurrection that is present, the important thing to remember is that either way Christ is present. Some days are like that too – heavy, tiring, it just seems like a struggle – Christ is there. Other days just fly by with hardly a glitch – Christ is there. The important thing is to keep lifting up the head, raising up the knees, pumping the arms and moving forward so as to“finish the race” as Christ is there and wants us to persevere with our hearts and minds directed toward the love of Him.”