Benedictine sister, monks profess vows on Feast of St. Benedict

The Visitor On July 11 — the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia — a woman from Louisville, Ky., took the next step in her discernment: professing her first vows as  Benedictine Sister Tammy Shoemaker. She first came to St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph in January 2009, became an affiliate in July 2011…

Home visits key to Franciscan sister’s approach to Latino ministry

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Franciscan Sister Aurora Tovar is a long way from her home parish of San Rafael in the Diocese of Linares, Mexico, where she worked as a lay leader and catechist and where she first met the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. But the ministry she does here in Minnesota is…

Parish Profile – St. Therese, Vineland

The parish was founded in 1954. There are 24 households. The following questions were answered by the parish’s pastor, Crosier Father Jerry Schik. Q: What is the most interesting facet of your church building? A: The Little Flower Church building (on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation) harmonizes Catholic spirituality and Native American spirituality. The north…

First Spanish-speaking Knights council slated to install new officers

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On July 17, new officers are being installed for the first Spanish-speaking Knights of Columbus council in the Diocese of St. Cloud. This ceremony will be celebrated with Bishop Donald Kettler at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Long Prairie. The council, named the Miguel Pro…

Poor Clare Sisters of Sauk Rapids

Love for God calls sisters beyond earthly desires During this Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis instructs Catholics to “look to the past with gratitude … live the present with passion… [and] embrace the future with hope.” The Visitor is helping to commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in the…

Cathedral baseball coach named national coach of the year

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor During his 45-year career at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Bob Karn has coached his team to more wins than any other high school baseball coach in Minnesota. He has won nine state titles, including this past season, and his team is currently on a streak, winning 50 straight…

Grant supports training of NFP instructors

The Visitor Earlier this year, The Catholic Foundation received a gift earmarked for natural family planning. The donors, George and Joan Jay of Assumption Parish in Morris, established The Saints Anne and Joachim Fund for Natural Family Planning to offset the expense of training NFP teachers who instruct couples in using this method. The Jays…

Gift of self is foundational to both married and celibate vocations

The following is the sixth in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Sister Candace Fier For The Visitor God, in his plan of love and wisdom, has created man and woman for communion. As human beings, we find…

Crosiers elect new master general

Priest from Indonesia succeeds Foley native Father Glen Lewandowski For the first time in its 805-year history, the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross — the Crosiers — elected a member from the southern hemisphere to serve as the 58th master general. Crosier Father Laurentius Tarpin, 46, was elected June 23 on…

Fraternity of Priests offers Masses with prayers for healing

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor On June 22, the St. Cloud Diocese’s Fraternity of Priests sponsored a Mass followed by individual prayers for healing at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Battle Lake. Father Gregory Paffel, pastor of the parishes of St. Alexius in West Union and Our Lady of the Angels and St….