A new lens: Seeing fundraising as a form of ministry

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully  The Visitor  The Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., recently decided to turn a warehouse into a homeless shelter. The undertaking is not simple. The project requires significant donations. Noting that homelessness is a community issue and concern, the diocese invited non-Catholic leaders to join a task force. The community is discussing the…

The carnival (priest) comes to town

On the Fourth of July, 1969, in Le Mars, Iowa, a young associate pastor was called to the local fairgrounds because the carnival owner had fallen ill. The man was so sick that when he opened his eyes and saw the priest, he thought he had died and St. Peter was standing there to welcome…

Father Hahn had passion for hospitality, education

Mass of Christian Burial is Aug. 16 in Cambridge By Nikki Rajala The Visitor  Father James Hahn, 78, died Aug. 11 at his home in Cambridge. Friends remembered him as a priest with a welcoming attitude and a passion for education. “Often Father Hahn preceded me in [pastoral assignments],” Father Don Wagner said. “I was…

Seeing the ‘face of Christ’ at the border

Franciscan sister from Little Falls ministers to migrants at Texas parish  By Pat Norby For The Visitor Sister Anita Jennissen brought a message from Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen, Texas, to share with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls as she prepares to celebrate her 60th jubilee Aug. 11 with the community. “The whole message…

Abbey helps international monks hone English skills

By Nikki Rajala  St. John’s Abbey hosted its first-ever English as a Second Language Institute for monks from around the world this summer. Benedictine Brother Paul Richards, director of the St. John’s Abbey Benedictine Volunteer Corps who became the ESL program’s director, described how the idea became reality. “We have many monk-students from other countries…

Centennial celebration

‘Little church’ in Morrill prepares for big anniversary event By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor After what appeared to be a rivalry between the towns of Ramey and Morrill in 1912, churches underwent construction in each community, even though they were only two miles apart. In 1914, the little church in Morrill celebrated its first…

Catholic camp rooted in service, spirituality

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully  In rural Wadena, Paul Flanders, Haley Meszaros and Liam Knudsen brushed a fresh coat of paint on cupboard doors propped on stumps. The students from Illinois were working on Laszlo and Gail Szathmary’s front lawn July 22. Meanwhile, youth leaders Joe Filpi and Tom Muller fixed the roof of the Szathmarys’ front…

St. Nicholas Church marks 100 years

Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Trish Ludwig of St. Nicholas Parish in St. Nicholas jokes with Bishop Donald Kettler following a Mass July 20 commemorating the anniversary of the parish’s present church building. Ludwig said she remembers seeing the bishop play guitar when he was a priest in South Dakota, where her cousins…

Saint’s relic finds home at St. Wendelin Parish

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully One of the first German immigrants in the Luxemburg area, Peter Maus, carried a 16-inch statue of St. Wendelin with him as he crossed the treacherous ocean during his voyage to the United States. He credited his safe journey to the saint and vowed to build a shrine in thanksgiving. Since then,…