Serra Club helps promote priestly vocations, religious life

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Serra International is an organization founded in 1935 by four friends from Seattle, Washington, who wanted to grow spiritually through prayer and Christian friendships while also fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Today, there are more than 800 Serra Clubs in 37 countries, including one chapter in the…

Final preparations underway for Diocesan Ministry Day

“The Great Diocesan Get-Together” is almost here. Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud is an opportunity to learn, network and meet others with an interest in the church. “Anyone can come experience this day,” said Linda Kaiser, director of the diocese’s Catholic Education Ministries office. “This day…

Christian spouses: Teachers and witnesses of the truth

The following is part of a series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Amanda Zurface For The Visitor Close your eyes and envision St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and insert your family into the scene inside the piazza. Do you…

Parish profile – Assumption Parish, Morris

As early as 1870, the first Mass was offered in Morris by Father Arthur Hurley along with Father John McDermott who visited the area as missionaries, traveling by rail to the less-established territories in western Minnesota. On July 27, 1883, articles of incorporation were drawn up and signed by Bishop Rupert Seidenbusch of the Vicariate…

Youth respond to community’s needs with local mission ‘trip’

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Every year the Becker/Big Lake youth group from Mary of the Visitation Parish participates in a mission trip. For many years, they traveled out of state. This year, for the second time, the group, which calls itself, “Youth for Truth,” served the local community instead of heading somewhere else. The…

Pilgrimage to mark 15th anniversary of priest’s death

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On Wednesday, Aug. 19, people from all walks of life will board a bus at Sacred Heart Church in Sauk Rapids and make the 125-mile trip to St. James Church in Maine Township, where Mill Hill Missionary Father John Kaiser was baptized. “The world desperately needs heroes,” said retired Father…

Parish profile – St. Agnes, Roscoe

The church is located in the city of Roscoe, which is primarily of German descent. The present church was completed in the fall of 1928. There are 85 families in this parish; the oldest member is Elizabeth Volz who will turn 104 on Aug. 9. She was the first in the parish to sign up…

Mass will honor members of religious communities

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor When Scott Baynes started courting his wife, Meaghan, he often attended daily Mass at St. Peter Parish in St. Cloud where she was a cantor. Crosier Father Kermit Holl was the pastor, and the couple and he became friends. After they married, they regularly invited him to their home for…

Pierz Catholic school to launch annual fund campaign

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor Holy Trinity School in Pierz is undergoing a financial change. For years, it has relied on parish support for 70 percent of its budget. Those parishes — St. Michael in Buckman, Holy Cross in Harding, St. John in Lastrup and St. Joseph in Pierz — have announced they must reduce…

Missionaries bring message of love to St. Cloud area priests

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Like many tales of intrigue, the story of two women missionaries on a quest to bring a message of God’s love to the priests of the Diocese of St. Cloud began on a dark and stormy night. Two strangers — to the area and mostly to each other — found…