The event was planned to honor the lives of the 17 people killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and raise awareness about the need to end gun violence.
Franciscan Sister Carol Schmit was elected as the 21st community minister and president of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls during the Delegate Assembly held in Little Falls Feb. 27 to March 2.
Members of Mary of the Visitation Church in Becker and Big Lake hopped on board the theme of “Make Lent Great!” by giving gifts of time, talent and treasure at an all-parish Lent event.
Bishop Donald Kettler met Feb. 28 in Albany with pastors and parish representatives from all 131 parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud to inform them of the diocese’s plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, although no filing date has been set. He said the decision followed much prayer and discussion over the last 21 months, including ongoing consultation with attorneys for the diocese and for victims/survivors.
Each year as Lent begins, Bishop Donald Kettler gathers to celebrate the Rite of Election with catechumens, those who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil.
More than 100 people attended a workshop at St. John’s University in Collegeville Feb. 9 presented by Charles Zech, an economics and research professor emeritus at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
For the third consecutive year, the Diocese of St. Cloud will celebrate a “Festival of Forgiveness” at various locations across the diocese giving thousands of people the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
When Peggy Berger heard about the work of The Compassion Connection in Becker, a resource for those in need in the community with a specialized focus on foster/adoptive families, she thought it would be a great opportunity to engage the youth in her parish in the spirit of service.
This year’s Rice Bowl program has taken on a special theme, following the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign kicked off by Pope Francis last September. As part of this ongoing effort of the universal church, Rice Bowl, too, is focusing on ways in which we share the journey of those in need, particularly migrants and refugees.
Hannah Salfer, a St. Cloud State University student and the February winner of The Visitor’s Youth and Young Adult Award, is described as a missionary disciple who lives to serve and serves with unmatched exuberance.