Discernment: God’s search for you

National Vocation Awareness Week • November 2 to 8, 2014 Seeking and finding the Lord’s will is a wonderful adventure of the Christian life. It is the great adventure! At first it can seem a kind of treasure hunt — Jesus hiding answers to our questions and requiring us to gather clues leading to that…

Dedicated spaces give women option for healthy discernment

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor In March 2012, April Bechtold and Kristin Molitor were visiting a mutual friend in Wisconsin when the Holy Spirit nudged Bechtold with the idea to create a women’s discernment house. Nearly a year later, after many prayers, the two women founded Fiat House in St. Cloud. “Living in this…

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,…

Pregnancy center that started as dream turns 25

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Driving down Division Street in St. Cloud, Klair Bennett saw Pregnancy Resource Center’s sign advertising free pregnancy tests. A third-year single college student at the time, Bennett had been worried she might be pregnant. So she took the test there. The result came back positive. The woman she consulted with…

Housing for pregnant, young mothers closes its doors

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor New Beginnings, an organization that has provided housing for pregnant women for 31 years in St. Cloud, is closing. Its board of directors passed a motion to dissolve the organization by a 6-0 vote at its Oct. 7 meeting. The two women and two children currently living at New Beginnings…

Catholic radio station coming soon to Perham

By Dee Goerge For The Visitor The steeples on St. Henry Church in Perham have been a visible symbol of Catholicism to the community since the church was built in 1905. One hundred and ten years later, the tallest steeple may help transmit a signal for people in Perham to learn about their faith as…

Women’s conference speaker offers practical ideas to enrich faith

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Patty Schneier charmed a crowd of more than 250 women Oct. 10 at the Catholic Women’s Conference with her humor and energy while providing practical tips and suggestions for deepening their prayer lives. Using real life examples from her own prayer journals, Schneier — a self-described lifelong Catholic, housewife…

Father Quade was passionate pro-life preacher, prayerful priest

The Visitor Perhaps the most consistent quality Father Alvin Quade possessed “was his ability to be loyal, clear and passionate in his preaching and teaching,” Father Gerald Mischke said in remembering his long-time friend who died Oct. 12 in Randall. Father Quade “would pray with parishioners and our fraternity [of priests] spontaneously, articulately, deliberately and…

Father Kunkel remembered as ‘thinker, dreamer, writer’

The Visitor Crosier Father Charles Kunkel, 73, died Oct. 12 in Onamia. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 16 at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia, with burial in the Crosier cemetery. “Father Charlie was a man of great imagination who loved to think about the impossible,” said Crosier Father Kermit Holl, prior…

Hearing the call?

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor In a distinctive old home resting on a low bluff just feet above the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, three men have come together to live in community in a newly formed discernment house under the guidance of diocesan vocation director Father Scott Pogatchnik. “As an intentional Christian community,”…