The Visitor has compiled current and historical data to help paint a picture of the changes the diocese has experienced over the last few decades.
About 450 people gathered Feb. 11 at Melrose High School to see a proposal for a new church in Melrose.
The Diocese of St. Cloud is working toward a new pastoral plan for parishes expected to launch in the summer of 2019.
Continuing toward their goal of unrolling a plan for parishes in the diocese in 2019 to prepare for the expected decline in the number of priests, members of the Diocesan Planning Council held meetings in each of the seven deaneries of the St. Cloud Diocese in November and early December.
When longtime parishioner Gail Schlicht, a retired nurse, learned that the pews salvaged after the fire that tore through the church March 11, 2016, were not going to be reused in the renovation, she was eager to see if she could get some of the rescued wood on her lathe.
Through an interview process, parish leaders acted on a recommendation from Bishop Donald Kettler to hire a liturgical design consultant and selected Ken Griesemer of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
With a a steering committee formed to help gather information, work with the insurance company and general contractors and report their findings, the community is moving forward one year later.
Nine months ago, a devastating fire destroyed our church in Melrose. As we wait for decisions to be made about its restoration, I paused to reflect on Christmas traditions celebrated at St. Mary’s.
In honor of National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 6-12, The Visitor is featuring “snapshots” of a few of our diocese’s seminarians, who share something about their vocational calling or seminary life.
Talk to any seminarian and they will tell you the countless ways people from around the diocese support them — through prayer, notes of encouragement, visits, and sometimes through financial donations and fundraisers. All of these make a difference in their lives as they discern the priesthood.