Choosing life

The following is the last installment in a series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Chris Codden For The Visitor Here we are at the end of the catechesis for the World Meeting of Families. As the “Our Mission of Love”…

Father Stangl remembered for caring presence, hospital ministry

By Carol Jessen-Klixbull The Visitor “When I think of Pope Francis’ strong emphasis on shepherds getting out to meet the folks where they are at — in their situations of need — I believe Father Al was already out there,” said Father Bill Vos, a close friend of Father Alfred Stangl, 77, who died Aug….

A taste of wellness

Sisters, women veterans share camaraderie, healing, spirituality For three days in mid-August, the Benedictine sisters in St. Joseph opened wide their doors and welcomed women veterans for a healing retreat. Women have served in every conflict since the Revolutionary War. There are more than 27,000 women veterans in Minnesota and 2 million in the U.S.,…

Honoring consecrated life

About 450 people gathered for a special Mass to honor members of local religious communities for their vocations and service to the church Aug. 19 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. “As you look to the future, the world and the church needs your commitment to community life,” Bishop Donald Kettler said in his…

Parish profile – St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish was founded in 1875. The townsite, which is just a few miles northwest of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County, was first named Nigglerville. Shortly afterward the name of the town was changed to Elizabeth, named for Elizabeth Sha, (without a “w”). She and her husband “German” and their family…

Crosier priest returns to Onamia after 34 years serving abroad

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor After being gone for half of his 68 years of life, Crosier Father Glen Lewandowski is back home in the St. Cloud Diocese — but not for long. In July, he returned to the Crosier Priory in Onamia from Rome after serving two consecutive six-year terms as the first American…

Building community with faith, food, fellowship

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor People from several faith communities gathered at Lake George Aug. 9 for a picnic organized by Greater St. Cloud Interfaith Leaders, a recently formed group focused on fostering a spirit of welcome and acceptance in the community. “It’s important to me, coming into a new community as I have, to…

A legacy of loving service

Grandfather inspires grandchildren, others to ministry By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Like most altar servers, Marvin “Butch” Shepersky started serving when he was about 11 years old. Unlike most, he is still serving at age 66. But there was a long span when he wasn’t. At 16, his grandmother died and he was asked to…