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
When Louise May saw a picture of Pope Francis opening the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, she said she heard “a whisper of the Holy Spirit.” May, who teaches art at St. Mary Help of Christians School in St. Augusta, decided to work with the sixth-grade students to create a […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope’s agreement on the idea — raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders […]
One of Irene Linn’s favorite things to do was to go for a drive in her car. Whether it was a quick jaunt into town or an outing through the countryside, her little dog Hunter rode alongside her wherever she went. But in 2008, when Linn was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia — a fast-moving, rare […]
Cullin Egge wants to be an inspirational voice in the world — and the St. John’s Preparatory School sophomore is well on his way. When he heard from one of his instructors about a video contest giving students a chance to become philanthropists, he took the idea and ran with it. The contest’s sponsor is […]
Ellie Vanasse, a senior at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, imagines herself looking out over a sea of 2 million young people immersed in prayer at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, this July — a trip she and three other leaders from St. Ben’s and St. John’s University in Collegeville have […]
Seamstresses hope their work offers comfort to grieving families As a child, Sarah Zeroth often played with the colorful fabric scraps of her grandma’s latest sewing project. Always her “little sidekick,” Zeroth said she picked up her grandma’s passion for sewing and honed her own skills which she uses today, altering bridal and formal wear […]
Father Tom Knoblach grew up watching his father work on cars and developed a similar passion for them. During high school, he worked at a local auto dealership and started working on cars there, although he never had any formal mechanic training. After he was ordained, he started repairing cars for others and learned as […]
Almost every person in their lifetime will be impacted in some way by the services emergency personnel provide, whether it’s a firefighter, law enforcement officer or other first responder. Bishop Donald Kettler wants to honor all those who serve and protect the people of the Diocese of St. Cloud by celebrating a “Blue Mass” May […]
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, Pope Francis released an important document on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), reflecting the discussion that occurred at the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. The pope convened those gatherings because he believes strongly that healthy families are essential […]