Building up community by breaking down barriers

April 10, 2015 Melrose immigrants find welcoming place to learn English, share stories By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Peggy Stokman treats each person she meets as a character in an unread book. She carefully listens as the stories of newcomers in her community of Melrose unfold, specifically those of Latinos who want to learn English…

Blessing of holy oils celebrates Christ ‘touching us with his love’

The Visitor About 35 confirmation candidates made the 140-mile trek from Breckenridge to St. Cloud to join a standing-room-only congregation at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the annual chrism Mass, where the holy oils to be used in parishes for the coming year were blessed. Grant Dahl, the religious education director at St. Mary of the…

Greenwald native to read at pope’s Easter Mass

People from the Greenwald area of the diocese may see a familiar face if they watch Pope Francis’ televised Easter Mass. Greenwald native Thomas Schulzetenberg — who currently serves as the director of the University of Mary’s Rome campus — has been asked by the Vatican to lector in English during the Mass at St….

Celebrating the Sisters of the order of St. Benedict

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…

How can the church better serve young adults?

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated Catholic column “Twenty Something,” which appears in The Visitor and approximately 50 diocesan newspapers across the country. Capecchi holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University….

Priests’ council approves budget, discusses vocations, 24-hour reconciliation event

The Visitor The Presbyteral Council recommended approval of a 2015-2016 balanced budget for offices of the Diocese of St. Cloud and discussed the possibility of establishing parish vocations committees and organizing a 24-hour event focused on the sacrament of reconciliation. The approximately $5.4 million budget approved by the priests’ council includes a 2 percent increase…

Living above the line

St. Boniface School teachers team up with Top 20 Training to teach students positivity By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Students at St. Boniface School are confident, they know that it’s OK to make mistakes. They know they have the power to make a positive difference in their lives. It sounds like a line out of…

For Sister Mary Mandernach, retirement is a new beginning

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Every day, Benedictine Sister Mary Mandernach gets up before the sun rises to spend time in private prayer before heading to the Chancery in St. Cloud, where she has worked in administrative roles for the Diocese of St. Cloud for 25 years. Sister Mary announced that she will retire from…

Easter Vigil shows that God’s love conquers the darkness

By Nicole Walz “This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.” I found myself singing these simple yet profound words of the Easter Proclamation (“Exsultet”) two years ago in Haiti on a mission trip during our…