Refurbished chalices gifted to newly ordained

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Last year, two newly ordained priests, Father Aaron Nett and Father Jeremy Theis, received refurbished chalices from the Fraternity of Priests, a local group whose members share ideas and support one another. Father Jerry Mischke, who is part of the group, said that sometimes when a priest dies, the family…

Richmond family designs, constructs, donates memorial altar

Bishop Kettler will bless altar built by father in memory of his late daughter By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On March 7, 2014, Allen and Doris Schaefer did something no parents should ever have to do. They said goodbye to their daughter, Rhonda Grotkin, who lost her battle with brain cancer at age 52. On…

A heart set on heaven

Deacon Gabriel Walz to be ordained a priest June 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral By Kristi Anderson The Visitor This spring, in the small sacristy of St. Mary’s Chapel located inside St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Deacon Gabriel Walz prepared to practice a portion of the Mass during a liturgy class in front of…

Marriage, parenting vocations for Wadena couple

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Christian and Tamara Breczinski, parishioners of St. Ann in Wadena, will celebrate 10 years of marriage in August. They adopted a piece of wisdom early in their relationship that keeps them grounded and helps them persevere through tough times. “We recognized early on that by getting married, we were not…

Creating a future

The following is the fifth 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 Chris Codden For The Visitor The first commandment God imparted to us is in the book of Genesis: to be fertile and multiply, fill the earth…

Parish profile – Holy Cross Parish, Butler

Holy Cross Parish was founded in 1910. There are 181 members. Q: What is the most interesting facet of your church building? A: That would be our stained glass windows. The one pictured on this page, of the Good Shepherd, is more than 100 years old and was moved from a Methodist church in Montevideo,…

Sartell family tackles urban challenges of caring for creation

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Matt and Carolyn Bertsch, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, moved to Sartell in 2001. Shortly after, they planted a small orchard. They researched which fruit trees would do well in their climate zone, which ones could act as possible pollinators and then started planting. They now have pears, apples,…

Faith, family and farming

    Four generations of farmers nurture the earth, their faith and each other By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Along the winding back roads of rural Kimball along one of the southernmost borders of the Diocese of St. Cloud, the picturesque green pastures appear almost untouched except by the animals grazing there. On top of…

Committee refuels efforts for Catholic Scouting

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor In October, Bishop Donald Kettler appointed Father Ben Kociemba as the new chaplain for the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. Since then, Father Kociemba has been recruiting people from across the diocese to help renew efforts to promote Catholicism through Boy Scout activities. “What is exciting about this is that…