Social ministry teams combat food insecurity

by Kristi Anderson The Visitor Just after her husband, Brian, passed away unexpectedly, Sheri Renner was asked to get involved with the social ministry team at her parish, St. Louis Bertrand in Foreston. Being part of the team helped her to think about others who were suffering and needed help, she said. “It is rewarding…

Rich liturgy planned for annual chrism Mass

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Each year, just before Easter, the bishop of the diocese blesses the oil that will be used in parishes for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, initiation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick at a special Mass called the chrism Mass. This year, Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate the…

‘Uhai tele’: a fully lived life

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor ‘Abundance’ takes on new meaning for delegates returning from Kenya Rose Blesener had barely landed back on U.S. soil when she sent an email to the people she had met during the recent delegation trip to Homa Bay, Kenya. She wanted to let them know she and the other 15…

Local bishops remember Bill Clemens

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Catholic philanthropist and St. Cloud entrepreneur Bill Clemens passed away March 2 at the age of 95. Bishop Donald Kettler, who had the opportunity to visit with Clemens several times since arriving in the diocese two and a half years ago, said the two became friends. “He was always warm…

What did the pope really say about pregnancy and the Zika virus?

The spontaneous in-flight Q&A sessions between Pope Francis and journalists express the Holy Father’s desire to engage the world, open to all comers and willing to address any questions. With the pope responding to complex political, moral and historical questions “off-the-cuff,” misinterpretations and selective reporting seem certain to follow. Nuances and distinctions are frequent casualties…

Lumberjack lessons

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Sixth-grade students from St. John’s Prep School in Collegeville and All Saints Academy in St. Joseph paired up Feb. 11 to enjoy a “Lumberjack Day” at the prep school.   Students participated in classroom activities, shared a lumberjack-style meal, heard tall tales about Paul Bunyan, went sledding and learned from…

CRS Rice Bowl recipe #4 – Doing more with less at Lent

For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end of Lent, individuals can give their…

How does mercy apply to public policy in the Year of Mercy?

By Maria Wiering For The Visitor As the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is also working on broader issues — including how, in the Year of Mercy, to apply mercy to public policy. When speaking about mercy, Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, is quick to distinguish between “true…

State Catholic conference identifies legislative priorities

Family aid, surrogacy and school choice among issues receiving attention during 2016 session By Maria Wiering For The Visitor The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes March 8 for its 2016 session, scheduled to end May 23. For the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the church in Minnesota, a shorter session than last year’s means…

Task force examines impact of future with fewer active priests

The Visitor A priest task force charged with making recommendations in light of an expected decline in the number of active priests between 2020 and 2030 reported on its progress at the diocesan Planning Council meeting Feb. 18 in St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler asked the eight-person committee, organized last fall and chaired by Father…