Revised faith formation standards aim to be helpful tool

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor A new set of faith formation standards is ready for kindergarteners through eighth-graders enrolled in religious education programs and Catholic schools in the St. Cloud Diocese. The standards were written by Catholic Education Ministries of the Diocese of St. Cloud in consultation with directors of religious education, youth ministers, Catholic…

Teachers seek to give their science curricula a boost

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Students at St. Mary, of Help of Christians School in St. Augusta will be learning more about engineering and taking more environmental field trips. At St. John’s Area School in Foley, second-grade teacher Sandy Anderson plans to engage her students in more engineering activities to foster their creativity and help…

Who was St. Cloud?

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor As the Diocese of St. Cloud prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary, one might wonder, “Who was St. Cloud?” A quick online search reveals a brief history of the sixth-century French saint who escaped death, denounced his throne and became a priest. Local lore gives more details of how…

Celebrating the blessings of rural life

About 600 people gathered Aug. 17 on the Brenda and Mark Winkleman farm in Milaca for the annual Diocesan Rural Life Celebration. The event, a celebration of rural living and the goodness of God’s creation, included Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler, a picnic lunch, games, tours of the farm and live bluegrass music. “Use what…

Franciscan sister is Peace Honoree

Franciscan Sister Donna Zetah, a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, was recognized in July as a 2014 Peace Honoree at the annual Franciscan Federation conference. Sister Donna studied to become a registered nurse. She worked for 10 years in Peru and then with the Midwest Migrant Health to bring health care and health education to…

Father Holl re-elected as Crosier prior

Crosier Father Kermit Holl was re-elected Aug. 19 to his fourth term as prior of the Crosier Community of Onamia and installed at Holy Cross Church with Crosier Father Tom Enneking, prior provincial, presiding. Father Holl’s new term ends in 2017. He was first elected prior of the Onamia Crosiers in 2005 and re-elected in…

Diocese to mark 125th anniversary with Mass

August 15, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The St. Cloud Diocese turns 125 years old Sept. 22, and several events are being planned to commemorate the occasion. Everyone is invited to an anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. All priests of the diocese are invited to concelebrate…

100-mile Camino walk was metaphor for life for two pilgrims

August 15, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Reaching the cathedral in Santiago, Spain, Tim Drake felt tired and had sore feet, but he was grateful, thankful and filled with awe. Beginning his journey in Astorga, Spain, he had just walked more than 100 miles along the Camino de Santiago, a network of paths that lead…

Catholic Education Ministries’ program offers volunteers guidance, tools

August 15, 2014, edition By Brenda Kresky “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples.” (Matthew 28:19). Jesus gave us this Great Commission to make disciples. One way we intentionally do this is through the faith formation programs in our parishes. Each and every parish in our diocese is gifted with talented,…

Performance wrestles with issues of Vietnam War

August 15, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala David Papesh and Jerry Hansen, both of Sauk Rapids, entered military service in the buddy group in 1966 and served together in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Hansen returned, Papesh did not, becoming the first soldier from St. Cloud killed in the Vietnam War. A playwright, essayist…