Benedictine Sister Laura Suhr took vows during the rite of first monastic profession at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph on July 11, promising stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life and obedience for three years.
Sara Kigin finished in first place in the 100-meter freestyle, fourth in the 200-meter freestyle, fifth in the 400-meter freestyle and second in the 4×25 relay.
When you catch sisters Nikki and Tricia Walz together, it’s not hard to notice the family resemblance — their wide welcoming smiles, their long golden tresses and their happy laughs. But what people often notice is “more than just a pretty face.”
Cathy Bahmer, member of St. Mary Parish in Little Falls, has been named this year’s recipient of the Humanae Vitae Award. This year is especially significant as it is the 50th anniversary of the document, which was released in 1968 and explains the Catholic Church’s teaching about human life, married love, responsible parenthood and natural family planning. Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October in Rome along with martyr Oscar Romero.
Members of the diocesan Presbyteral Council heard reports about a new initiative for regional ministry gatherings, the diocese’s pastoral planning process and the deacon formation program at their meeting June 26 at the Chancery in St. Cloud.
St. Mary Parish in Little Falls celebrated its 150th anniversary June 24. The celebration included Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler, a pork chop dinner, games for kids, a bean bag tournament and live music.
Congregation of Holy Cross Father William Lies, vice president for mission engagement and church affairs at the University of Notre Dame, was elected June 14 the provincial superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, by the Provincial Chapter at its meeting in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
The transfer of leadership for the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls occurred June 10 at St. Francis Convent with Crosier Father Kermit Holl presiding to Sister Carol Schmitt.
A juvenile was charged with arson in the first degree for the fire that damaged St. Mary Church in Melrose in March 2016, according to a news release June 20 from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
Four men in the Diocese of St. Cloud are preparing for ordination June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Three of the four will be ordained transitional deacons: seminarians Rick Aubol, Mark Botzet and Gregory Sauer. Dean Pawlowski will be ordained a permanent deacon.
The pews were packed, the aisles filled with children and the walls lined with people who stood for more than an hour at All Saints-St. Mary Church in Holdingford June 6 to listen to Father Carlos Martins tell dramatic stories of great miracles, inspiring conversions and chilling tales of the lives of the saints.