Staff Member: Dennis Sutter
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I married my beautiful wife Jerrilyn (Jeri) on February 11, 1977. We have four children and eight grandchildren. My wife and I are from the Sun Prairie WI area where I grew up on a dairy farm. We moved to Portage in 1986 and became members of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church.
I attended the Diocese of Madison Institute for Lay and Diaconate Formation and was ordained a deacon by Bishop Robert Morlino July 23, 2004.
Prison ministry is my primary area of focus. I’ve been ministering to the men and officers at the Columbia Correctional Institution, which is a state prison, since 2003. I also visit inmates at the Redgranite State Correctional Institution and I’ve recently begun ministering to men at the Columbia County Jail. I assist at Mass and serve the parish as needed.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, being outdoors, carpentry, woodworking, photography, sailing, kayaking, and camping.