New Catholic Charities facility for youth ready to open

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud will open a new secure intensive treatment facility for youth with mental health diagnoses on July 21. St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler was to preside at a blessing of the facility July 16. The building, which will be part of Catholic Charities’ Children’s Home…

Two men on Spain pilgrimage aren’t traveling alone

They’ve been joined by prayer partners back home who are walking in solidarity with them By Pat Norby For The Visitor Tim Drake has been on a significant spiritual journey since the day Jim Wildeson invited Drake to join him on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Wildeson, a member of St….

Kensington Parish celebrates 50 years

Photos by Paul Middlestaedt Jeanne Stamness had the pleasure of meeting Bishop Donald Kettler as he joined members of Our Lady of the Runestone in Kensington July 13 to commemorate the parish’s 50th anniversary. The day included Mass with the bishop, historical displays and a celebratory meal. Cord Lardy, left, and his wife, Megan, share…

Book tells story of Brothers of St. Pius X religious community

Brother Michael Mandernach, author and last living member of the community, marks 60th jubilee By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor In 1952, a young man from St. Martin packed his bags and left his family farm after reading an ad in the local Catholic newspaper that was recruiting members for a new diocesan order in…

Rural Life Celebration set for Milaca farm Aug. 17

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Plans for this year’s Rural Life Celebration at the Mark and Brenda Winkelman farm near Milaca are under way and all are invited to attend. “Come out and celebrate with us,” said Kathy Langer, director of social concerns for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, which helps to organize the…

4 New Priests

June 21 marked a special day in the St. Cloud Diocese as Mitchell Bechtold, Timothy Gapinski, Aaron Nett and Jeremy Theis were ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler presided and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney was a concelebrant. The newly ordained began serving as parochial vicars July 1….

Following Jesus in Meire Grove

July 4, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor A canopy shelters Bishop Donald Kettler as he processes with the Blessed Sacrament to four separate chapels during a celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi June 22 at St. John the Baptist Parish in Meire Grove. Parishioners let their voices be heard as…

New sign of (pro)life at St. Anthony in St. Cloud

July 4, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Father Tom Knoblach (left) blesses the new respect life monument on the grounds of St. Anthony Church in St. Cloud as server Bob Lewis and Father Ben Kociemba (right) watch after Mass June 13. Marge and Jim Nierengarten of Sauk Rapids donated a respect…

Speaking up for what’s right

Area’s first neonatologist and pro-life movement activist wife honored with Humanae Vitae Award July 4, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In the 1970s and 80s, Norm Virnig, a neonatologist at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center, now called Regions Hospital, in St. Paul, began providing specialized care for premature babies. Down the hall, a completely different…

Archbishop Nienstedt calls latest allegations ‘absolutely false’

July 4, 2014, edition Archbishop John Nienstedt told priests and staff about recent allegations against him involving events alleged to have occurred a decade ago before he began serving in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, calling them “absolutely and entirely false.” The claims do not involve minors, and they do not implicate any…