Youth award winner ‘has a servant heart’

Sam Manning of Christ Our Light Parish says he wants to honor God ‘by giving him everything I can’ By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor It is often said that youth are the present and the future of the church. So when it came to building the sister parish relationship between Christ Our Light Parish in…

HMML makes ancient manuscripts accessible to scholars worldwide

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor Amidst Christian refugees fleeing to Irbil, Iraq, last August were two pickup trucks filled with ordinary cardboard boxes. The unassuming packaging camouflaged its timeworn cargo — 1,300 precious manuscripts. “It was the entire handwritten record of the ancient Christian communities of Mesopotamia, written in Syriac, Armenian and Arabic,” Father Columba…

Getting acquainted

In his first year in St. Cloud, Bishop Kettler has made a special effort to visit parishes and schools and meet the people of the diocese One morning in October, with the chill of early fall hanging in the air, Bishop Donald Kettler stood outside SS. Peter and Paul Church in Gilman, greeting every person…

New retirement housing facility in Sartell to feature resort-style design

by Dianne Towalski The Visitor Seniors will soon have another choice for retirement housing in the St. Cloud area. A new upscale senior living development in Sartell will become the newest addition to CentraCare’s St. Benedict’s Senior Community, which currently has campuses in St. Cloud and Monticello. In what is now a wooded area near…

Youth minister aims to teach more than just ‘nuts and bolts’ of faith

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor On a typical day Melissa Fox visits with catechists, answers phone calls, keeps up with youth activities and plans lessons. This to-do list, however, doesn’t include the surprises that often come her way. “You can plan all you want, but you never know when you walk into a classroom or…

Youth music finalist to perform in Becker

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Since August, Becker native Joe Perry has sung on three tours, traveling to Illinois, Florida and Indiana. This month, he takes the stage in his hometown. Perry, writer of four original songs and a finalist in the 2013 National Catholic Youth Conference Top Talent contest, will perform at 4 p.m….

Youth urged to share faith, love God and neighbor

What defines success?” musician John Angotti asked the approximately 500 youth gathered in a gym at St. John’s University in Collegeville. “Is success defined by what’s in your bank account, or is success defined by how you love?” Society’s answer too often is that money is more important people, that you have to act a…

A place for saints

 The Visitor asked Benedictine Father Michael Kwatera of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville a few questions about All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, and All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2. Why do we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day? The solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) is the liturgy’s fullest expression of our belief in…

Matthew Kelly to explore living with passion, purpose

 Catholics encouraged to become their best selves  The Visitor  Matthew Kelly, an internationally acclaimed speaker and bestselling author, will address “Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Sartell. “It is a series of talks I have been doing across the country…