Local immigrants to benefit from upcoming policy changes

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor When Perla Ramos heard the immigration policy changes announced by President Barack Obama Nov. 20, she was overjoyed with tears. “It’s a relief,” said the 32-year-old woman from St. Cloud. “It definitely opens doors. We’re living in the shadows. Now I can look for a better job to provide for…

Fishing resort inspired Glenwood man toward Maryknoll vocation

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Shaun Crumb spent his childhood at Woodlawn Resort and Campground in Glenwood, a fishing resort that his parents have owned and operated for the past 41 years. His experience of service there helped inspire his journey toward becoming a Maryknoll priest, which will grow one step closer on Dec….

Bishop Kettler urges prayers for peace in Ferguson

The Visitor In the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the August shooting death of a teenager, Bishop Donald Kettler joined calls for prayer and a peaceful response. “I was saddened to see the television images of violent actions perpetrated by some people in the wake…

All invited to festive celebration honoring ‘patroness of the Americas’

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Organizers of this year’s diocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration are hoping to draw more than 500 people to the event. “It’s not just Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Mexicans,” said Mayuli Bales, director of the Diocese of St. Cloud’s Office of Multicultural Ministries. “That’s something that we really…

‘Ignite’ events seek to fire up youth about faith

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor On a blustery Sunday night, about 50 youth from central Minnesota slipped on their coats and gloves and headed to Holy Family School in Sauk Centre. Friendly teenagers greeted them at the door, directing them to locations for volleyball, basketball and board games. Lively chatter filled the hallways and overflowed…

Concert debuts priest’s musical self-retreat CD

The Visitor Father Kevin Anderson, a musician and priest of the St. Cloud Diocese, will debut his third CD of original songs during a special concert Nov. 30 at Christ Our Light Parish’s north church location in Princeton. The new CD, titled “Hope: Vision for Soulfulness,” is set up as a self-guided retreat with reflection…

Clothes Review ministry refashions into ‘New 2 You’

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor The Clothes Review in Little Falls, a gently used resale outlet located on the St. Francis Convent campus, is closing Dec. 12. It will become the New 2 You Thrift Store, under new ownership and at another location — 508 W. Broadway in Little Falls — to support The Boys…

Advent Toy Contest raises awareness, funds

The St. Cloud Mission Office, with the Knights of Columbus, a Knights Auxiliary and other donors, is sponsoring the second annual Advent Toy Contest. Catholic school children are encouraged to create a homemade toy or game using only reused, recycled or common items from around the house or classroom (such as rubber bands, old ribbon,…

Lessons from the young church

Professor and former youth minister says adults have something to learn as well as teach By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Jeffrey Kaster has spent nearly 40 years of his life committed to learning about youth, teaching youth and helping them prepare for and engage in church ministry. One of the questions he often asks…

Seek out silence to discover your mission, speaker says

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Is your world too noisy? International speaker and bestselling author Matthew Kelly says too much noise can prevent people from reaching their full potential. “Living with passion and purpose is a byproduct of personal clarity,” said Kelly, speaking to about 1,000 people at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sartell Nov….