May 22, 2015
By Kristi Anderson
Every day for more than 60 years, Father Edwin Kraemer has prayed the prayers in his small red breviary. He often reads its careworn pages from a comfortable chair on the second floor sun porch of his Sauk Rapids home where he might also be found practicing a tune on the harmonica he learned to play in the fourth grade.
Prayer is very important to Father Kraemer, who is celebrating 60 years as a priest in July, as is his family, who he credits for fostering his vocation.
“We were always surrounded by family, friends and many priests and religious,” he explained. “These were people who didn’t just believe in their Catholic faith, they lived it.”