Bishop Donald Kettler is asking Catholics in the Diocese of Saint Cloud to join him in praying for healing for all victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse, and for a just resolution to civil claims made under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. “I apologize again on behalf of the Church to all victims and […]
Parishes across the diocese celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi May 29. St. Stephen Parish in St. Stephen honored the real presence of Christ with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Photos by Paul Middlestaedt
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 […]
The dates for vocations camps hosted by the diocesan Vocation Office are rapidly approaching. Camps are June 13-15 in Battle Lake, June 20-22 in Avon and July 11-13 in Big Lake for boys from grades seven through 10. The cost to attend is $25 and scholarships are available. For more information or to download a […]
More than 500 members of the Knights of Columbus from around Minnesota gathered at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud May 13 to 15 for the organization’s state convention. The event, sponsored by councils 961, 5548, 12098 and 12822, included business meetings, awards, social time, and Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler. During the […]
What was the most important lesson this year’s graduates learned in high school? How has their faith influenced them? What are their plans for the future?
The Visitor asked Catholic high schools and parishes across the diocese to choose a graduating senior to be profiled for this special section.
A priest jubilee celebration will be held June 6 at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. The following are public celebrations that will be held at other times. Father Timothy Baltes (40 years) Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Church, Sartell Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sartell, […]
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the March 11 fire at St. Mary Church in Melrose, authorities announced May 20. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state fire marshal — through the Minnesota Chapter of the International […]
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 […]
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 […]
Relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two 16th-century martyrs who exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution, are coming to St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud June 27 as part of the “Strength of the Saints” relic tour. Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate a holy hour at the cathedral starting […]
First responders and emergency services personnel from around the St. Cloud Diocese gathered for a “Blue Mass” in their honor May 19 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. “We celebrate and pray for you, today’s [Good] Samaritans, who stop, bind up wounds, protect and care for the hurt, the lost, the confused and the angry,” Bishop […]
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 […]
The idea of a pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy took Benedictine Sister Lisa Kittock by storm. After hearing Pope Francis suggest that people make pilgrimages throughout the Year of Mercy, she thought it would be fun to invite students to the monastery in St. Joseph to pray with the sisters at their Sacred Heart […]