Priests study ‘ministry of management’

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor About 40 priests from the Diocese of St. Cloud attended a “Ministry of Management” training Oct. 14 at the Pastoral Center in St. Cloud. The training was the first of two sessions geared toward priests ordained 20 years or less. The sessions — the second is set for Nov. 17…

Seminary snapshots

With 18 seminarians in priestly formation for the Diocese of St. Cloud studying in five different seminaries, there is sure to be a variety of personalities, dispositions and histories in the mix. Some men enter the seminary right out of high school or while they are attending their first four years of college. These men…

New faces, new places for the Vocation Office

By Father Scott Pogatchnik “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans!” So goes the old proverb — and how true it is. God laughs because our plans are too small. Because he sees the whole of history. Because we have no idea how great his plans are for us. I tell…

The Visitor Christmas Poster Contest 2015

Time for young people to think about the theme: “In this Year of Mercy, this Christmas I will …” STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-12 ELIGIBLE; DEADLINE IS DEC. 7 Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8 — a time in which Catholics of all ages are asked to promote healing, forgiveness and helping others….

Laudato Si’ study guide Chapter 2: ‘The Gospel of Creation’

Pope Francis wrote his encyclical, “Laudato Si’” for “every person living on the planet” not only to read but also to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” In an effort to keep the conversations going, The Visitor is publishing a six-part faith formation series in which guest writers help to “unpack”…

In Bertha, new moms and dads receive special delivery

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On Oct. 12 — a damp and breezy fall morning — Connie Wenker wound her way down a rural Bertha road to the home of Ruth and Andrew Freyholtz and their six children. Wenker climbed the wooden stairs of their porch and knocked on the front door. Despite the chill…

Lawsuit alleges abuse by priest

The Visitor The Diocese of St. Cloud was named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit Oct. 12 alleging that Father Antonio Marfori sexually abused a minor in the late 1970s while he was a part-time instructor at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. The suit, which identifies the plaintiff as Doe 75, also names…

Blessings, gratitude for health care professionals

Health care professionals from around the St. Cloud Diocese gathered on the Feast of St. Luke, Oct. 18, at St. Benedict’s Monastery for a White Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler. The White Mass is held for health care professionals under the patronage of St. Luke to ask God’s blessing upon them and those they care…

Cathedral High School gets ‘OK’ to move forward on fundraising plan

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On Oct. 2, Bishop Donald Kettler and nine area pastors voted unanimously to move forward with Cathedral High School’s initiative to begin raising money for a facilities improvement plan. It’s the next step in a master plan that has been in the works for seven years. “It’s a simple story…