Pope Francis receives final volume of The Saint John’s Bible

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor The final volume of the limited, full-sized fine art edition of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to Pope Francis at the Vatican April 17 by the Papal Foundation and St. John’s University in Collegeville. The Holy Father received “Letters and Revelation,” the last completed volume of the St. Peter…

True Christian encounter is transformational, mission rally keynoter says

By Kateri Mancini For The Visitor “What do you think characterizes a Christian encounter with others?” That was one of the questions asked by keynote speaker Greg Darr at the Diocesan Mission Rally April 17 in Wadena. Darr, who directs the mission education and promotion efforts of the Midwest division of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers,…

New Habitat home will honor Pope Francis

  By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Volunteers gathered in St. Cloud April 18 to start work on what will soon be a very special home for a local family. The new home is being built in honor of Pope Francis through Habitat For Humanity, thanks to an anonymous donor. The group, comprised of youth and…

Former sex trafficking victim now helps others break free

By Deb Rudolph For The Visitor For 22 years, Joy Friedman was enslaved in prostitution that began when a boyfriend, who she believed loved her, sold her to thousands of men with the promise that “just one more time and we’ll have enough money to get out of this life.” But it never stopped at…

The order of the Holy cross – Crosier Fathers and Brothers

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 to help commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in the St. Cloud Diocese, in the lead-up to the…

Obituary: Father Bernard Gruenes

The Visitor Father Bernard Gruenes, 81, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, died April 16 at his apartment at Country Manor in Sartell. Reception of the body will be at 3 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m….

Pope Francis receives final volume of The Saint John’s Bible

The final volume of the limited, full-sized fine art edition of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to Pope Francis April 17 by the Papal Foundation and St. John’s University in Collegeville. As Pope Francis saw the illumination portraying the heavenly Jerusalem, he raised his hands motioning in praise, blessing and thanksgiving, according to a…

Local Habitat for Humanity to build home in honor of Pope Francis

The Visitor A Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity house will be built this year in St. Cloud in honor of Pope Francis “for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church,” the organization announced April 10. The home, one of four that it will build this year in the city, will be sold…

Becoming Catholic

One family’s journey of faith By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Jeremy and Thi Meyer have been attending Mass at St. Paul Church in St. Cloud for the past two years. Their daughter attends All Saints Academy. They have lots of friends at the parish. But they didn’t feel completely part of the faith community. That…

Joy, love, solidarity draw local couples to World Meeting of Families

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bonnie Schulzetenberg’s house is draped in red hearts every February as she prepares a special meal her kids affectionately deemed the “love feast” — a family tradition that began when she and her husband, Deacon Jim Schulzetenberg, were first married. “We weren’t always able to go out for a fancy…