Steubenville conferences fuel young people in the faith

By Bob Zyskowski The Catholic Spirit This time was different for 17-year-old Teagan Brogdon from Minneapolis. A student at Patrick Henry High School, he’d been to Steubenville youth conferences twice before; he said he’d already come to the realization of the importance of his relationship with God. “This time there was a different feel,” he…

Peace event in Alexandria fosters education about refugees

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Over the next two weeks, Randy and Joan Meyer and their daughters, Rachel, 15, and Rebecca, 13, will light a candle in their home and pray the rosary for Hany, a 21-year-old refugee in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Until July 25 when the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation committee at…

Sister Kerry O’Reilly elected new president of Benedictine federation

Sister Kerry O’Reilly, a member of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, has been elected president of the Federation of St. Benedict. Her term of office began with her election July 20 and will continue through 2021. Each Benedictine house is autonomous with its own leadership, Sister Kerry said. Monasteries…

Building Habitat house also builds community, volunteers say

Catholic community, others pitch in to construct home in honor of Pope Francis By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Three months into a Habitat for Humanity project in St. Cloud in honor of Pope Francis, the work is shaping up nicely. The Catholic community has come together in force to help build a home for a…

Rural Life Celebration not just for farmers

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Just over a year ago, the roof at St. Mary’s School, part of Assumption Parish in Morris, collapsed after heavy rains fell there. The building suffered major damage. Tom Noel, one of the parish trustees, said it was a devastating blow for the community. So when he heard about the…

Discipleship rooted in living out, sharing faith

Julianne Stanz is the director of new evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., and is a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. She will present on “Creating a Culture of Intentional Discipleship in Your Parish” at Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 in St. Cloud. The following…

Bowlus couple honored with Humanae Vitae Award

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor When Margie and Arnold (Punky) Benusa attended a one-day marriage course at St. Catherine University in St. Paul before their marriage in 1974, it was the first time they ever considered how they would space their family. A couple at the course talked to them about natural family planning and…