Religious have brought multitude of gifts to diocese

The first Benedictine men arrived in 1865 followed by the Benedictine women in 1857. The Franciscan Convent in Little Falls was begun in 1891, the Crosier Fathers arrived in 1910 and the Franciscan Poor Clare nuns established their community in 1924. The Visitor asked each of the religious orders about its charism when the community…

Staples, Morris schools mark 100 years in education

The Visitor Two Catholic schools in the diocese celebrated centennials this month — Sacred Heart Area School in Staples and St. Mary’s School in Morris. Sacred Heart Area School commemorated 100 years in education with special events Sept. 12-14. Bishop Donald Kettler presided at Mass Sept. 12 and attended a reception where past and present…

Celebrating 125 years of faith

Central Minnesota Catholics gather at St. Mary’s Cathedral to give thanks, commemorate diocese’s rich history The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler acknowledged the strong legacy of faith in the Diocese of St. Cloud during the past 125 years. But he reminded the 500 people gathered last weekend at St. Mary’s Cathedral that none if it would…

25 years later: Much has changed since last anniversary milestone

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor On Sept. 21, the St. Cloud Diocese celebrated its 125th anniversary with a Mass and picnic at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The last time the diocese celebrated a milestone anniversary was 1989 for its centennial. Many changes have taken place in those last 25 years. Twenty-five years ago…

Diocesan Pastoral Council to seek information on family life

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Representatives of the Diocesan Pastoral Council are seeking comments on family life — including challenges and ways to enrich it — and will report their findings to Bishop Donald Kettler. The bishop made his request for the information at the council’s Sept. 13 meeting in Elrosa. He said he would…

Lawsuits allege sexual abuse by two St. John’s monks

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Three lawsuits were filed Sept. 18 alleging sexual abuse by Benedictine priests of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. One suit, filed in Stearns County by brothers John and Allen Vogel, alleges abuse committed when they were minors in the 1970s by monks Richard Eckroth and Cosmas Dahlheimer. Both served in…

Sartell parish supports grieving family with prayer

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor The St. Francis Xavier Parish community gathered Sept. 23 to pray and support one another after learning the news that Thomas Bearson, a college student in Fargo who previously attended the parish school, had been found dead in south Moorhead, Minn. The 18-year-old, whose mother, Debbie Bearson, teaches second…

Priests discuss best pastoral approaches for some baptisms

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor When a baby presented for baptism is conceived in a manner inconsistent with the teachings of the church, what’s the best pastoral approach for the pastor to take? A discussion about the topic — specifically cases in which the child was conceived through in vitro fertilization — was on the…

Digitized documents offer insight into early days of diocese

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor In January 1916, Bishop Joseph Busch introduced “My Message,” a monthly magazine, to the St. Cloud Diocese. Thanks to a team at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, the magazine — published between 1916 and 1919 — is again available. Today, however, it is in a digital…