Oh, what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

Melina Birchem has uploaded 777 images to her Instagram account over the past two years: sushi, Starbucks, her new tattoo, rosary beads, cowboy boots. Sometimes the juxtaposition is jarring. A glowing monstrance, a chilled margarita. A snapshot from waitressing, a prayer journal documenting her consecration to the Blessed Mother. As a freshman at the University […]

How does mercy apply to public policy in the Year of Mercy?

By Maria Wiering For The Visitor As the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is also working on broader issues — including how, in the Year of Mercy, to apply mercy to public policy. When speaking about mercy, Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, is quick to distinguish between “true […]

Task force examines impact of future with fewer active priests

A priest task force charged with making recommendations in light of an expected decline in the number of active priests between 2020 and 2030 reported on its progress at the diocesan Planning Council meeting Feb. 18 in St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler asked the eight-person committee, organized last fall and chaired by Father Matthew Crane, […]

Men of Integrity – Men of Mercy: Men’s Conference attendees encouraged to commit to prayer, show mercy to others

At the 19th annual Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 13, Father Larry Richards challenged 600 men to be “men of integrity” and “men of mercy.” During a wide ranging two-part presentation at the Humphrey Auditorium at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Father Richards said a commitment to prayer is essential to being a follower of Christ. […]

Shrine profile – St. Peregrine Shrine, Collegeville

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage […]