Melrose-area community comes together in wake of St. Mary Church fire

On the morning after St. Mary Church in Melrose suffered a devastating fire, small groups of people gathered around the building to survey the damage, take photos with their cell phones, and offer comfort to one another. Some, like parishioner Bob Leukam, had gathered there the night before, too, when fire departments from Melrose, Sauk […]

How does mercy apply to public policy in the Year of Mercy?

By Maria Wiering For The Visitor As the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is also working on broader issues — including how, in the Year of Mercy, to apply mercy to public policy. When speaking about mercy, Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, is quick to distinguish between “true […]

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, […]