Shrine profile – National Shrine of St. Odilia

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, 2015, and ends 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 […]

Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful

A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Donald J. Kettler On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. His goal for the year is that Catholics across the world would “gaze even more attentively on mercy […]

Conference offers men faith, fellowship and a challenge to deepen their spiritual lives

For years, men have been gathering together for the annual Men’s Conference sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family and the Office of Multicultural Ministries to deepen their spiritual life, share camaraderie and learn how to better become men of faith. The day includes prayer, speakers, workshops, an opportunity for confession, a shared […]

Shrine profile: The St. Cloud Shrine

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015 and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated several shrines and churches in the Diocese of St. Cloud as pilgrimage sites for this Holy Year. Each of the five shrines will be profiled in upcoming issues. This series begins with The […]

Comfort the Sorrowful: Couples’ grief deepens compassion for others experiencing loss

Jim Wenner is well trained in the funeral home business. For more than 150 years, his family has owned and operated funeral homes in the Cold Spring and Richmond areas. Ever since he could walk, he remembers watching his father direct funerals and offer solace to grieving families. While earning his bachelor’s degree in biology […]