25 years later, impact of abduction still lingers

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Twenty-five years ago, Cathedral High School sophomores Rachel Ziebell and Jayne Rudolph were shocked with the rest of the community by the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, the 11-year-old boy who was abducted by a masked gunman on a country road near his home in St. Joseph on Oct. 22,…

Catholic voters urged to bring their values to voting booth

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor As Election Day nears, citizens often become inundated with messages about voting. Advertisements for political candidates are broadcast on television and radio stations and printed in newspapers. Political yard signs dot neighborhoods. Flyers and brochures fill mailboxes. Negativity and polarization featured in these ads and the politics behind them can…

Catholic Daughters grounded in prayer, aim to be ‘hands and feet’ of Jesus

St. Cloud Diocese is home to new national regent, chaplain By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Shortly after she moved to Fergus Falls 37 years ago, Shirley Seyfried saw an announcement about a Catholic Daughters of the Americas meeting in the Our Lady of Victory Parish bulletin. As a stay-at-home mother with young children, she thought…

Poor Clare community elects new leaders

The Franciscan Poor Clare Nuns of St. Clare’s Monastery in Sauk Rapids elected   for their community Oct. 2. Reverend Mother Marie Immaculata Schintgen is the new abbess and Mother Mary Matthew Tomsyck is the new vicaress. They “exchanged” positions, having served as the vicaress and abbess, respectively, for the previous six years. “Our chaplain, Father…

Thomas Bearson remembered at funeral Mass as loving son, talented athlete

The Visitor Family members and friends remembered Thomas Bearson as a talented athlete, loving son and role model for others during his funeral Mass Sept. 29 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Sartell. About 1,250 mourners attended the service for the 18-year-old student and member of the parish who attended North Dakota State University in…

Play by future pope offers deep reflection on married love

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor Open Window Theatre’s current production, “The Jeweler’s Shop,” is a project close to executive artistic director Jeremy Stanbary’s heart. The play, written by St. John Paul II, served as Stanbary’s introduction to the world of Catholic theatre. ‘The Jeweler’s Shop’ • When: Sept. 26 to Oct. 26. Shows start at…

‘Encountering Joy’ is theme of mission workshop

Gathering on Oct. 11 will include film about Archbishop Romero By Nikki Rajala The Visitor The St. Cloud Mission Office is hosting the 2014 Solidarity in Mission Workshop, “Encountering Joy,” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Sacred Heart Church, Sauk Rapids. World Mission Sunday — a great chance to connect with,…

Former rock musician brings music, message to Sauk Rapids stage

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Energized by his faith, former rock musician John Michael Talbot now appears to crowds at over 150 events each year, trekking from parish to parish, city to city, spreading the Gospel through his music and words. He will return to the Diocese of St. Cloud Oct. 20, spending three…

Women encouraged to reach out, spread ‘joy of the Gospel’

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Sharon Furchner remembers her mother saying, “Sometimes it is hard to be Catholic in a small town.” Furchner, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Wahkon, now understands what her mother meant. She has to drive a distance to celebrate most faith-related events including Mass, eucharistic adoration and other…

New pipe organ dedicated at Cold Spring parish

Parishioners gathered at St. Boniface in Cold Spring Sept. 15 for a Mass of prayer and blessing of their new pipe organ. Bishop Donald Kettler celebrated the Mass; in blessing it, he used incense instead of holy water to better preserve the organ’s wood and pipe components. Concelebrating with him were Benedictine Abbot John Klassen and…