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 […]

Workshops to shed light on growing need for Hispanic ministry

Having three Hispanic seminarians in her parish administration course this year helped Barbara Sutton, director of field education and ministerial formation at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, to recognize the growing need for pastoral leaders in Hispanic ministry. Sutton contacted Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College, […]

Service, relationship-building part of sisters’ 125-year legacy

Visitor editor Joe Towalski recently interviewed Sister Beatrice Eichten, community minister of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The following excerpts from the interview were edited for length and clarity. Q: What are some of the similarities and some of the differences between living in the community today compared to 125 years ago? A: There’s […]

Students learn how to be ‘good digital citizens’

As part of its efforts during Catholic Schools Week, Cathedral High School in St. Cloud welcomed speaker Dave Eisenmann, the director of instructional technology and media services at Minnetonka Public Schools, to engage students in his presentation, “Being a Good Digital Citizen.” Eisenmann talked with students Feb. 2 about cyberbullying and harassment, sexting, the dangers […]

Prayer team offers help with inner healing

Above: Father Greg Paffel, priest director of the St. Cloud Jesus Heals team, prays with Alecia Kabore and her daughter, Zola, following the Fraternity of Priests Mass for Healing Feb. 8 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Jesus Heals team member Debbie Blickenstaff of Perham assists. Photo by Kristi Anderson / The Visitor About […]

Shrine profile – Divine Mercy Shrine of Sauk Centre

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 […]