We dedicate our website to the beloved Fr. Bud Strom. Fr. Strom was Baptized and Confirmed in the previous St. Charles Borromeo Church. After Fr. Bud retired, he continued to provide for the needs of the St. Charles faith community. Fr. Bud is truly missed.

Charles Walter “Bud” Strom was born to Alfred and Mary Strom on Oct. 11, 1914, in Whitefish and grew up there. His strength in music was evident during his youth, and in 1931, he won the Montana Piano Contest in Billings. Father Strom recalled decades later that compositions he played there included Bach’s “Partita No. 1.”

Ordained a priest by Bishop Hunthausen on June 23, 1972, at St. Charles in Whitefish, Father Strom served as associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Libby from 1972-78; associate pastor at St. Richard Parish in Columbia Falls from 1978-80; and administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Ronan from 1980-84. After a stroke and a period of recovery, he accepted senior status in the diocese in 1984. He lived in his family home in Whitefish, assisted parishes as needed and ministered in nursing homes.