Blessing and Light

St. Cloud mom makes blessings her business By Kristi Anderson The Visitor As Jacinta Kroll carefully fills in the paint on the word “love” with a delicate paintbrush on one of her latest artistic expressions, that same word penetrates the air through the happy squeals of her kids, the gentle assistance of her sister and…

Advent invites us to slow down and prepare our hearts

As the days grow darker and colder here in central Minnesota, we know that we are quickly coming to the end of one liturgical year and moving to the next. The great season of Advent is upon us — the first Sunday of Advent is Nov. 29. It is a season of waiting and of…

Retired local judge honored as ‘faithful servant’ of law

Elizabeth Hayden, a College of St. Benedict alumna and retired district court judge, received the Fidelis Apparitor Award Nov. 14. The award, which means “faithful servant,” is given to individuals who have been good and faithful servants of the law. Hayden, a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, received the honor at a reception…

Parish profile – St. Mary of the Presentation, Breckenridge

The parish was founded in 1898 and currently has 428 households. The following questions were answered by Sharon Leinen, parish secretary, and Kristi Bivens, pastoral associate. Q: What is the most interesting facet of your building? A: The most interesting facets of our building are the stained glass windows. They were designed by Dieterich Spahn…

Film is occasion to reflect on church’s safe environment efforts

The Visitor Every journalist’s dream is to land a good scoop that captures the world’s attention and positively impacts society. That’s what happened to The Boston Globe’s investigative team 13 years ago when they uncovered details about the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in 2002. A new film titled “Spotlight,” named for…

Holy Door to be sealed at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Image of the Year of Mercy and papal tiara will identify Holy Door; Mass will also celebrate vocations By Kristi Anderson The Visitor The row of heavy wooden doors that aligns the front of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud has welcomed people from all walks of life, from countless corners of the world. Inside…

Local director hopes renewed outreach to divorced is one result

Chris Codden is the director of the Office of Marriage and Family in the Diocese of St. Cloud and past president of the National Association of Catholic Family Ministers. She is one of the authors and trainers for “Fully Engaged,” a catechetical, pre-marital inventory and marriage formation program. The Visitor interviewed Codden about the recently…

‘Lean on Me’ — Senior High Youth Rally 2015

Benedictine sister, Cathedral High School youth honored for their witness, dedication By Kristi Anderson The Visitor As musical artist Steve Angrisano took the stage to perform for about 500 students at the annual diocesan Senior High Youth Rally Oct. 25 at St. John’s University, an electrical transformer blew, leaving the crowd with only the glow…

Saints in Service

                                Students, staff and families from the Catholic schools in St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell and St. Joseph came together Oct. 24 to do yard work for people in need in those communities as part of Saints in Service, an…