Vocation hatches for fishery owner set to be ordained deacon

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Craig Stich has a natural inclination for service. As manager of a four-generation private fish hatchery that spans nearly 2,000 acres of ponds and lakes near Battle Lake, he is well known for his hardworking but gentle nature as well as his sense of humor and devotion to his family….

Catholic Charities announces $400,000 challenge gift for capital campaign

Nine donors are challenging Central Minnesotans to make an impact on the community for generations to come by matching their $400,000 contribution to Catholic Charities’ “Saving Children, Saving Families” capital campaign. “People will always have times of trouble; people will always need others to lean on,” said Steve Bresnahan, executive director of Catholic Charities of…

How should Catholics respond to the sexual exploitation culture?

Patrick Trueman, CEO and president of Morality in Media, served from 1988 to 1993 as chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He will present the workshop “A Catholic Response to the Sexual Exploitation Culture” at Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 in St….

Farm and garden blessings: a ‘growing’ tradition

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Whether it’s a strawberry patch or a 100-acre parcel, Father Ronald Dockendorf prays the same words at each of the homes and farms he visits this time of year, asking God to bless the land and the people who tend it. Every May 15, the church celebrates the feast day…

Meet the Monks of St. John’s Abbey

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Rule of St. Benedict The Rule of St. Benedict is a sixth-century guide for the monastic way of life written by St. Benedict of Nursia. A balance of prayer, work and sacred reading were the key elements of this For Benedict, a balanced life would better discern the hand of…

Grants to help schools upgrade technology

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor When students return next fall to St. John’s Area School in Foley, they will see a dramatic upgrade of technology throughout the building — everything from projectors to iPads to AppleTV in each classroom. The school was recently awarded three CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grants totaling nearly $15,000. Cathedral High…

Annual Appeal hits halfway mark

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Last year, St. Agnes Parish in Roscoe, one of the three parishes Father Glenn Krystosek shepherds, reached their Annual Diocesan Appeal goal for the first time since he started there in 2009. His other two parishes, St. Louis in Paynesville and St. Margaret in Lake Henry came very close. “I…

Priests’ council considers ‘festival of forgiveness’ for Year of Mercy

The Visitor An ad hoc committee formed by the diocesan Presbyteral Council will explore whether the diocese should organize a 24-hour “festival of forgiveness” during the Holy Year of Mercy as a way to promote healing, mercy and the sacrament of reconciliation. At the priest council’s meeting May 12 at the chancery in St. Cloud,…

Maryknoll Father Ohmann celebrates 60th jubilee

The Visitor Maryknoll Father Daniel Ohmann, originally from Greenwald, will celebrate his 60th anniversary of ordination as a Maryknoll priest with a Mass of thanksgiving July 10 at St. Andrew Parish in Greenwald. After ordination on June 11, 1955, Father Ohmann served as director of Maryknoll’s Minneapolis Development House (1958-1964). In 1964, he was assigned…

Couple’s purity while dating becomes fruitfulness in marriage

By Susan Klemond For The Visitor Dan and Sarah Driver come from polar opposite backgrounds: She grew up in a strong Catholic family in Grand Rapids, Mich., and never left the faith, while he received less Catholic formation in Reading, England, and then adopted a hedonistic lifestyle until his conversion. “Dan’s conversion was pretty radical,”…