Communication is focus of Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting

The Visitor Communication was the theme of the Diocesan Pastoral Council’s meeting May 16 at St. Louis Parish in Paynesville. Diocesan communications director and editor of The Visitor newspaper, Joe Towalski, spoke to the council about the mission and history of the newspaper the process for publishing the print edition, and how the staff is…

The meaning of human sexuality

The following is the third 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 Betsy Kneepkens For The Visitor Jesus proclaimed that “matter matters” by his incarnation. If we could step out of creation and let go of our inclinations,…

Prayer, family, horses dot 60 years of history for St. Cloud priest

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Every day for more than 60 years, Father Edwin Kraemer has prayed the prayers in his small red breviary. He often reads its careworn pages from a comfortable chair on the second floor sun porch of his Sauk Rapids home where he might also be found practicing a tune on…

Sisters say goodbye to Clare’s Well

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor For 27 years, weary travelers have ambled down the dusty dirt road leading to Clare’s Well, a retreat farm just southwest of Annandale owned and operated by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. Franciscan Sister Jan Kilian who has lived on the farm for 17 years, has seen guests come…

MCC ‘very proud’ of passage of prenatal diagnosis bill

Other legislation supported by Minnesota Catholic Conference didn’t fare as well during 2015 state legislative session The Visitor Thanks to the work of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and a coalition of disability advocacy groups, expectant parents whose babies are diagnosed with certain prenatal conditions will receive accurate and supportive information from local and national organizations….

Obituary: Father Kenneth Brenny

The Visitor Father Kenneth Brenny, 85, died May 13 in a car accident in Morrison County. A vigil service will be held Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at St. Michael Church in Buckman, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in…

Mother of organ donor hopes memorial wall will encourage others

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Connie Glazier talked briefly about organ donation with her six children around the time they were all getting their driver’s licenses. They decided not to check the box on the form, and that was that. Glazier didn’t think she would ever have to think about it again. But she did…

St. John’s Abbey announces lawsuit settlement

The Visitor St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving an allegation of sexual abuse against one of its monks, according to a statement released April 27 by the abbey. The lawsuit filed in 2013 by a former student at St. John’s Preparatory School alleges he was abused by Father…

Newly ordained live vocation with faith, friendship

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor A year of service in another country can be a life-changing experience for anyone. But for Nickolas Kleespie and Lewis Grobe it had a profound impact on their lives. The experience led them to a religious vocation, and the two were ordained together at St. John’s Abbey and University Church…