Fr. Kruse was raised on a farm north of Petersburg. He graduated from Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville and received a degree from Loras College. After teaching at Leo High School in Holy Cross and later at Beckman Catholic he studied for the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained for the Diocese of Des Moines in January 1981.
After 19 years in the Des Moines Diocese, he came back to the Archdiocese in 2000. Fr. Kruse was pastor of St. Columbkille’s in Dubuque, parishes of Worthington and Dyersville and most recently the parishes of Springbrook and Bellevue before being assigned to the St. Elizabeth Pastorate.