Children’s Home gave woman skills, strength to excel after cycle of abuse

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor It was raining when Wanesia Misquadance arrived for the first time at Catholic Charities’ Children’s Home in St. Cloud. She was about 14 years old and frightened. She already had survived several incidents of violence and abuse. Misquadance was born on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northeastern Minnesota, but…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Crowd gathers at St. John’s to dance, sing and pray in honor of the patroness of the Americas Bells, beads, feathers and shells adorned the colorful costumes of Latino dancers who performed for more than 600 people at a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 14 at St….

Diocese organizing trip to international family gathering and papal Mass

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor A contingent of central Minnesotans will join marriage and family experts from around the world, along with Pope Francis, in Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families. The conference is open to everyone, and the diocesan-organized trip aims to make the logistics easier for local Catholics who wish…

Christmas truce illustrates humanity’s longing for peace

100 years ago, soldiers reached across lines to experience sacred gift of connection By Nikki Rajala The Visitor On Christmas Eve 100 years ago, a miracle happened — the Christmas Truce of 1914, which spontaneously broke out during World War I in many places along miles of trench lines across France and Belgium. Weary soldiers…

Hispanic leadership training grads bring new skills to parishes

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor A member of the Hispanic ministry committee at St. Mary Parish in Melrose, Blanca Barragan wanted to gain a deeper understanding of her faith and learn about new ministry possibilities for the church. So, when she heard about a Hispanic Leadership Formation course being offered at Holy Cross Center and…

Nickolas Kleespie: Fireman, beekeeper, athlete … and monk

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Benedictine Brother Nickolas Kleespie, a monk of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, wears many hats — literally and figuratively. Sometimes he dons a fireman’s hat, other times a beekeeping jacket and veil, and even wields a conductor’s baton or laces up a pair of running shoes. Brother Nick, an…

Taking a closer look at the real St. Nicholas

The following is an edited version of a 2012 interview with Adam English, author of the book, “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” It first appeared in the Dec. 7, 2012 issue of The Visitor. Q: I assume that, growing up, your ideas about St. Nicholas…

Bishop Kettler urges faithful to be ‘instruments of peace’

The Visitor On a day when marchers blocked Interstate 35W in Minneapolis to protest the killing of two black men by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, Bishop Donald Kettler urged worshipers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud to be “instruments of peace” in a world often wracked by fear, anger…

Padre Teddy’s life showed his deep love of Christ, the poor

By Father Tony Kroll There are lots of roosters in Nicaragua. Generally they are red and white. Beans there are red and rice is white. And that was Capuchin Father Teddy Niehaus’ favorite food — “gallo,” known as the “rooster meal” in Nicaragua. He listened and laughed and talked with joy as he ate rice…

Sacrament of reconciliation led college graduate to priesthood

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler has asked pastors in the St. Cloud Diocese to offer extra times for the sacrament of reconciliation during Advent. To highlight the sacrament, The Visitor interviewed Father Matthew Kuhn, who spoke about how reconciliation made a difference in his life. Juggling two full-time jobs at St. Olaf…