MCC: Surrogacy commission, drug sentencing reform among legislative wins

By Maria Wiering / For The Visitor The establishment of a surrogacy commission, passage of drug sentencing reform legislation and withdrawal of a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide are among the victories the Minnesota Catholic Conference is celebrating following the end of the Minnesota State Legislature’s 11-week session May 23. “A lot of good things […]

Priests on the move

The St. Cloud Diocese announces new parish arrangements and pastoral assignments effective June 30. Two parish clusters and one individual parish will have a new arrangement starting July 1, based on a plan from the diocese’s priest personnel board completed in consultation with the pastors of those parishes. Currently, the cluster arrangements include parishes in […]

Catholic Community Schools board of directors holds its first meeting

The board of directors of Catholic Community Schools met for the first time May 17 to begin the work of making the St. Cloud-area consolidated school system operational for the 2017-2018 school year. Board members elected officers and briefly discussed some of the board’s initial priorities, including securing start-up capital for CCS, beginning a search […]

Pilgrimage Site Profile: Benedictine Fathers and Brothers — St. John’s Abbey Church

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. In addition to designating shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese as places of pilgrimage, Bishop Donald Kettler encourages parishioners to pray with the diocese’s religious communities during this Holy Year of Mercy.  This is the last of the […]