CCHD grants foster hope, help people help themselves

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor In the fall of 2012, a professor, a machinist union steward, an advocate for immigrants and a couple of employees approached the owners of a restaurant in St. Cloud. The owners had not given the employees the wages they had been promised, so the group banded together to request that…

St. Cloud’s relics are reminder of his holy life

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor To commemorate 125 years of the St. Cloud Diocese, relics of St. Cloud can be viewed before and after the 3 p.m. Sept. 21 anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The relics are kept in niches in the St. Cloud Shrine on the north side of the…

6 Treasures of the diocesan archives

Story and photos by Dianne Towalski The Visitor Diocesan archives home to hundreds of historical artifacts If you attended the installation Mass for Bishop Donald Kettler last year, you probably saw one of the diocesan archives’ most prized artifacts and didn’t even know it. The chalice that was used by Bishop Kettler during the Mass…

Young catechists spark Fire Faith

By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor Emily Schmitz and Toni Schlangen already have more than five years of catechetical experience and they haven’t even graduated from high school. Close friends and seniors at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Schmitz and Schlangen began sharing their faith as Vacation Bible School leaders at SS. Peter and…

Commemorating 125 years of faith

Although the St. Cloud Diocese was officially established in 1889, Catholics began moving into the area long before then — forming parishes and constructing churches and other structures necessary to shape communities. Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, which is no longer in existence, was created in Long Prairie in 1851; the next year Holy Family…

Musical genius doesn’t let autism, blindness hold him back

By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit in St. Paul How does a teenage boy learn to comb his hair by playing the violin? Ask Tony Deblois. The simple movement of this basic grooming function baffled him during his childhood years. Yet, as early as age 4, he was able to memorize a musical score by…

Catholic Charities closing Fergus Falls facility

Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud has announced that it is closing its Intensive Treatment Unit in Fergus Falls. The unit helped youth with mental health diagnoses. Catholic Charities has had difficulty filling staffing positions for the program. Without the necessary number of staff members, Catholic Charities needed to…

Training sessions helping to form lay Hispanic leaders

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully  The Visitor  Growing up in Mexico, Crosier Brother Jose Velazquez learned the value of small faith communities. The groups met once a week in one of the member’s houses. They prayed, practiced “lectio divina” (a meditative way of praying with Scripture) and discussed any needs they had and how they were growing…

Meet Our New Principals

Six Catholic schools in the St. Cloud Diocese are welcoming new leaders this fall. Read more about them below and on the next page to find out what inspired them to pursue education, their favorite classroom memories and what their interests are outside the classroom.  Compiled by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor  JOSEPH FERRIERO  Principal, St….