Classmates realize dream of teaching together

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor As high school students, Nicole Stemper and Rebekah Mullin taught Sunday school together at what was then SS. Peter, Paul and Michael School in St. Cloud. The two had graduated from the school a few years earlier, and they talked about how they would teach elementary school together there when…

Catholic-Muslim dialogue seeks to nurture understanding

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Sometimes a simple conversation has the power to change minds and promote understanding. Jaylani Hussein, a Muslim of Somali descent, has a story to prove it. Once a man confronted him, asking why followers of Islam worship the “moon god.” Hussein said he took time to talk with the man,…

Helping families expecting special needs children

  Legislation would ensure information, support for parents of children with certain prenatally diagnosed conditions By Jessica Trygstad The Catholic Spirit As difficult as it was for Kelly and Justin Hodges to learn that their baby would be born with Trisomy 21, the information and support they received upon diagnosis and throughout the pregnancy was…

New Hispanic marriage resources available

Diocesan offices collaborate to meet expanding needs By Kristi Anderson The Visitor The diocesan offices of Multicultural Ministries and Marriage and Family are making new strides in strengthening Hispanic/Latino marriage ministry in the Diocese of St. Cloud. In recent months, the offices have collaborated to provide additional tools and training for married couples to assist…

Ongoing education efforts needed

by Joe Towalski In addition to the work it does at the State Capitol, the Minnesota Catholic Conference also is involved in educational efforts to help Catholics and others gain a better understanding of important issues with public policy ramifications. Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, identified three topics that he said need further attention at…

From trash to treasure

Students use recycled items to create toys During Advent, students of all ages from around the St. Cloud Diocese were invited to create a toy or game using only reused, recycled or common items found around one’s house or classroom for the annual Advent Toy Contest sponsored by the St. Cloud Mission Office. There were…

Men’s Conference taps university president from N.D. as keynoter

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor For 15 years, generations of men, rural and urban, young and old, have attended the annual Catholic Men’s Conference. And, in the last five years, the committee that plans the day’s events noticed a shift — that the conference is attracting a much younger crowd. So the committee’s members…

Legislature 2015

Choice in education, surrogacy, voting rights for ex-offenders among issues Minnesota Catholic Conference is focusing on this session By Joe Towalski The Visitor With the state House of Representatives switching to Republican control after last fall’s elections and the Senate and governor’s office still in DFL hands, one might expect a fair amount of gridlock…

2013-2014 Annual Report – Diocese of St. Cloud, MN

Thank you Since arriving in the St. Cloud Diocese, I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit parishes and schools and meet many of you along the way. It has allowed me to witness firsthand your commitment to the vital ministries that our church supports. I thank God for your faithfulness and generosity, and I am…