David Alan Hemann was born to Roman and Dorothy Hemann on August 16th, 1959 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the youngest of six boys. His early education included grades 1-8 at Corpus Christi Grade School and 9-12 at Saint Edmond Catholic High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, his S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and his M.A. in Sacramental Theology from San Anselmo in Rome.
Fr. Hemann was ordained to the Diaconate on May 3, 1984 at St. Peters Basilica in Rome, Italy. He celebrated his ordination to the priesthood on July 20, 1985 at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Fr. Hemann's assignments included: Holy Spirit (Carroll, Ia), St. Mary (Storm
Lake, Ia), Little Portion Community (Eureka Springs, AR), Sacred Heart (Boone,
Ia), Blessed Sacrament (Sioux City, Ia), St. Anthony (Hospers, Ia), St. Cecelia
and St. Joseph (Sanborn and Hartley, Ia), Marian Hall (Sioux City, Ia), Sacred Heart (Ida Grove, Ia), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Holstein Ia). He is currently the Pastor of St. Michael's (Sioux City, IA).
In these assignments, Fr. Hemann has been fully engaged in every kind of pastoral activity proper to a diocesan priest. These assignments have also included years of teaching in both high schools and grade schools. He also has enjoyed working with the youth of the parishes, starting successful youth groups in Boone, Sioux City, Sanborn/Hartley, Ida Grove and Holstein. As much as he enjoys working with the youth, Father David is a priest who works well with people of all ages from conception to death to eternal life.
In addition to his regular priestly activities, Fr. Hemann has been engaged
in a music ministry before and throughout his priesthood. He believes that music
is the language of the people. Father David's music has lent itself to involvement
in a number of nation-wide ministries of giving retreats, missions and concerts.
One highlight was being a featured artist in the presence of Mother Teresa of
Calcutta at the first World Youth Day in Rome in 1984 at the English speaking
session at Santa Sabina. During 2000-2001, he was released for the period of
one year from his regular priestly duties to pursue ministry around the diocese
preaching on the themes of spirituality, discipleship, prayer and vocations.
Each weekend was spent in a different parish putting on a mission which included
regular weekend masses and homilies, a Sunday Evening Concert of original music
and sharing the gospel, a Monday Evening talk on "Pruning and Fruitfulness
in the Catholic Life" in the context of a reconciliation service, and a
Tuesday Evening Healing Mass.
Father David has had the privilege of co-hosting with Msgr. Michael Heras a thirteen part teaching/musical series on EWTN called “Alive with Baptism.” The series itself won the UCMVA 2003 UNITY AWARD for BEST RELIGIOUS TELEVISION PRESENTATION FOR CATHOLIC EVANVELIZATION OF THE YEAR.
Father Hemann appears on the EWTN series called BACKSTAGE which features Catholic musicians from around the country.
Fr. Hemann crafted 7 CDs that have helped people to pray, bring consolation and the Good News to them, and build the Kingdom of God. Following are the works released thus far:
Let Nothing Trouble You (1992) A collection of prayers and wisdom that helps bring peace and hope to the anxious heart.
Into the Light (1994) Psalms, Saints and miscellaneous prayers.
In God's Company (1997) A very well received work of traditional Catholic prayers set to music.
Holy Warriors (2000) More prayers with a definite Irish flavor and great variety. Arguably, the best work yet.
Gathered Wisdom (2007) Songs of experience and wisdom to comfort the heart.
Psalms of David (2009) Psalms to soothe the soul.
Oasis (Instrumental Refreshment) (2011)