The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls

A religious community devoted to prayer, simplicity and service 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 will help to commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in…

Kindergarten teacher is spiritual mother to many children

By Sam Patet For The Visitor Paula Dudgeon knows she made the right decision at age 29. After spending nine years with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary of Waukesha, Wis., she discerned that God wasn’t calling her to spend her life as a religious sister. Instead, she thought he wanted her to get married and…

Floating hospital brings hope, healing to those in need

Resident in monastery’s Studium program served on ship for three years documenting patients’ stories By Joanne Thibault For The Visitor Being a resident of the Studium program at St. Benedict’s Monastery is an ideal setting for my quest. My three months of self-directed study are designed to bring me closer to Scripture through all that…

What’s the dirt on ‘Laudato Si’ ’?

Local Catholics reflect on themes, messages in Pope Francis’ letter By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Now that the initial environmentally-safe dust has settled following the June 18 release of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’,” people around the globe have begun to weigh in on its contents. In his letter, Pope Francis asks for new dialogue…

Sartell native lived life, Catholic faith at ‘full throttle’

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Working on his own truck, washing a friend’s car or fixing a stranger’s brakes, friends say Sam Traut was always there to lend a helping hand, especially with all things mechanical. That’s the way he was with everything in his life, said friend Tara Splonskowski, including his ministry at St….

Bishop asks for prayers for religious liberty, marriage, family

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler presided at a prayer service and holy hour June 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud to mark the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and education focusing on protecting religious liberty and the role of faith in public life. The Fortnight began June…

Parish profile – St. Olaf Parish, Elbow Lake

St. Olaf Parish was founded in 1915. There are 127 families. Q: What is the most interesting facet of your church building? A: The beautiful crucifix on the wall above the altar that depicts Christ’s sacrifice and action as Savior. Also, the original design of the church had a continuous row of windows between the…

Visitor wins 2nd place for ‘general excellence’

For the second consecutive year, The Visitor won second place for general excellence in the large-circulation diocesan newspaper category from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The award was announced June 26 at the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, N.Y. General excellence is considered the most prestigious diocesan newspaper award….

Transitional deacons-to-be anticipate preaching, meeting people

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On June 20, seminarians Matthew Langager and Doug Liebsch will be ordained transitional deacons at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. A transitional deacon is a seminarian who is ordained a deacon, usually after he completes his third year at the theological seminary, and intends to become…