Steve Bresnahan has announced that after 22 years as the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, he is planning for his transition to retirement. Catholic Charities will begin the process to select a new executive director in the next six to nine months, the agency announced May 31 in a […]
Bishop Donald Kettler is asking Catholics in the Diocese of Saint Cloud to join him in praying for healing for all victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse, and for a just resolution to civil claims made under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. “I apologize again on behalf of the Church to all victims and […]
By Maria Wiering / For The Visitor The establishment of a surrogacy commission, passage of drug sentencing reform legislation and withdrawal of a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide are among the victories the Minnesota Catholic Conference is celebrating following the end of the Minnesota State Legislature’s 11-week session May 23. “A lot of good things […]
I had the incredible privilege of experiencing a couple of “grace encounters” with God this past month. What are those, you ask? I’d define a grace encounter as sensing or feeling God’s presence in a deeper fashion than before. I read at morning Mass every third Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Church in Meire […]
On May 13 the U.S. departments of Justice and Education issued a “guidance letter on Title IX” directing every public school in the country, including most public universities and colleges, to allow transgender persons access to bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. The policy states that “when a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, […]
The dates for vocations camps hosted by the diocesan Vocation Office are rapidly approaching. Camps are June 13-15 in Battle Lake, June 20-22 in Avon and July 11-13 in Big Lake for boys from grades seven through 10. The cost to attend is $25 and scholarships are available. For more information or to download a […]
What was the most important lesson this year’s graduates learned in high school? How has their faith influenced them? What are their plans for the future?
The Visitor asked Catholic high schools and parishes across the diocese to choose a graduating senior to be profiled for this special section.
A priest jubilee celebration will be held June 6 at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. The following are public celebrations that will be held at other times. Father Timothy Baltes (40 years) Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Church, Sartell Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sartell, […]
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the March 11 fire at St. Mary Church in Melrose, authorities announced May 20. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state fire marshal — through the Minnesota Chapter of the International […]
The St. Cloud Diocese announces new parish arrangements and pastoral assignments effective June 30. Two parish clusters and one individual parish will have a new arrangement starting July 1, based on a plan from the diocese’s priest personnel board completed in consultation with the pastors of those parishes. Currently, the cluster arrangements include parishes in […]
The board of directors of Catholic Community Schools met for the first time May 17 to begin the work of making the St. Cloud-area consolidated school system operational for the 2017-2018 school year. Board members elected officers and briefly discussed some of the board’s initial priorities, including securing start-up capital for CCS, beginning a search […]
The Most Reverend Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, makes the following appointments in the Diocese of Saint Cloud, effective June 30, 2016: Reverend Eugene Doyle from pastor of the Church of Mary of the Visitation, Becker/Big Lake, and canonical pastor of the Church of Saint Mary, Mora, and the Church […]
We hear a lot these days about angry Americans. I am not sure who they are, nor do I know all their reasons for being angry. Perhaps recent news reports offer some answers. A column by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich highlighted income disparity in the United States. The CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, […]