Bishop Neary holds first ACC Pastoral Visit

Bishop Patrick Neary talks to the ACC representatives during their Pastoral Visit Nov. 29 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. (Dianne Towalski / The Central Minnesota Catholic)

Representatives from the Harvest of Hope, One in Faith and Northern Cross Area Catholic Communities gathered today at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud for their Pastoral Visit with Bishop Patrick Neary. Monthly through July, three to four ACCs will have a daylong visit so Bishop Neary can learn about their successes and challenges and ACCs can listen to and learn from each other and discern what the Holy Spirit is calling the Church to in Central Minnesota. Today was the first and the next will be Dec. 20. Read more about these Pastoral Visits here.

Harvest of Hope Catholic Community includes the parishes of Seven Dolors in Albany, St. Anthony in St. Anthony, St. Martin in St. Martin and St. Benedict in Avon.

Northern Cross Area Catholic Community includes the parishes of St. Henry in Perham, Holy Cross in Butler, Sacred Heart in Dent and St. Lawrence in Rush Lake.

One in Faith Area Catholic Community includes St. Mary in Melrose, St. Andrew in Greenwald,  St. John in Meire Grove, St. Michael in Spring Hill, Sacred Heart in Freeport, Immaculate Conception in New Munich and St. Rose of Lima in St. Rosa.


Each ACC was asked to give a 15-20 minute presentation. (Dianne Towalski / The Central Minnesota Catholic)


After the ACCs gave their presentations, the group divided into small discussion groups. (Dianne Towalski / The Central Minnesota Catholic)

Author: Dianne Towalski

Dianne Towalski is a multimedia reporter for The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine.

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