Good news of Catholic education shared at bishop’s breakfast

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor “You are here today because you care deeply about bringing God’s love to our young people. Is there any greater calling? Is there any greater purpose in life than this?” Bishop Donald Kettler asked a crowd of about 350 people at Breakfast with the Bishop April 29 at the College…

The Mission of Love

The following is the second 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 Amanda Zurface For The Visitor The Catholic Church wants to see your marriage succeed and be fruitful. The incredible reality of the church’s teaching on marriage…

Cookies, conversations catalyze local Christian-Muslim dialogue

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Ayan Omar came to America as a Somali Muslim refugee when she was just 5 years old. Now she is a wife and mother, a language arts teacher at Tech High School in St. Cloud and an advocate for interfaith dialogue. Omar was one of three panelists who spoke April…

Graduation 2015

Each spring we celebrate the graduations of high school students. To give our readers a profile of this year’s graduating class, The Visitor asked the two Catholic high schools and a sampling of parishes across the diocese to nominate one of their seniors for this feature. In the following pages, you’ll find the students’ responses…

Plans advance for new St. Cloud area Catholic school system

Finances, governance structure and communication among areas of focus for steering committee By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Last December Bishop Donald Kettler convened a 12-person steering committee, charging it to design a single Catholic school system for the greater St. Cloud metro area — one that ensures the continued vitality of Catholic education into the…

Cultures unite for community prayer, celebration at cathedral

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Twelve-year-old Dennise Rodriguez-Aviles dreams of becoming a teacher or social worker to help orphan children. Her parents, immigrants from Mexico, own a small grocery store in Cold Spring where they work long hours to give their three daughters more educational opportunities. The sixth-grader at St. Boniface School in Cold Spring…

‘Wisdom, Wit and Wine’ groups quench thirst for theology

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor The pale green walls of Joe and Peggy Arseneau’s comfortable family room complemented the darker shade of green in Father Matthew Crane’s vestments as he explained the symbolism of the garments to a group of about 12. They were at the St. Cloud home April 17 as part of a…

Father Gruenes remembered for devotion to his vocations

The Visitor Among Father Bernie Gruenes’ qualities were “a simple way of turning things in life back to faith in God,” said Father Aaron Nett. “I was certainly moved by Father Bernie’s joy and positive attitude about life.” Father Bernard Gruenes, 81, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, died April 16 at his…

Taking a closer look at ‘the face of poverty today’

Father Larry Snyder is vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. A priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Father Snyder served as president of Catholic Charities USA from 2005 to 2014. He will present “The Face of Poverty Today: The Widow, the Orphan and the Stranger”…

A shepherd will lead them

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor This Sunday, people in the pews will hear the words of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in the Gospel of John: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” Pope Francis has urged priests to go out among their flocks and get to know the…