Creativity from around the country

July 4, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Liturgy scholar and her Collegeville audience offer ideas for incorporating Pope Francis’ themes in parishes What is your parish doing differently in light of Pope Francis’ themes? What do you dream of doing? Rita Ferrone, author of numerous books on liturgy, posed those two questions to about 100…

He didn’t ride alone

July 4, 2014, edition By Lynette Thelen Thirty days: 1,953 miles. From Minnesota to Maine. On a bicycle. Alone. Just over two weeks after finishing his second year at St. Cloud State University, Nick Neuman hopped on his Fuji Touring Bike in Avon May 21 with a plan of ending up at Acadia National Park sometime in June….

Kensington parish will observe 50th anniversary at July 13 Mass

Bishop Kettler will preside at Mass at Our Lady of the Runestone July 4, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson In 1898, a farmer in the little village of Kensington near Alexandria unearthed an engraved stone bearing ancient runic, or Viking, symbols. The mysterious discovery — and the controversial authenticity — of the runestone, as it…

World Cup brings families from around the world together

July 4, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully As a young girl in Mexico, Yajayra Lopez watched World Cup games with her family gathered around a television. This year, she has been watching the games with her own children and husband in their Richmond home. “It’s uniting our family,” Lopez said. “My kids look up to…

Pro soccer’s Christian Ramirez brings his faith to the field

July 4, 2014, edition By Dianne Towalski The Catholic Spirit Christian Ramirez brings the Apostle Paul to the soccer field. During games, the Minnesota United FC forward wears a prayer bracelet bearing words from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, along with his parents’ last names. “I have Philippians written on my wrists,” he said. “I…

Girls, God and Good Times Benedictine Camp

  Discovering friends, fun and new ways to pray July 4, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Seventy-three campers and 14 counselors participated in the 16th annual Girls, God and Good Times Benedictine Camp, held June 23-25 on the grounds of St. Benedict’s Monastery and the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. This session, for campers who’d completed…

Fortnight for Freedom: Why we seek the freedom to serve

July 4, 2014, edition By Bishop Donald Kettler St. Paul wrote to the Galatians: “You were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve another through love.” This word of God to us directs me to emphasize during this third annual Fortnight for…

No. 2!

Visitor ranked among the best diocesan newspapers Judged against large-circulation diocesan newspapers from across North America, The Visitor of the Diocese of St. Cloud came in second to only Catholic New York in the most prestigious category, “General Excellence,” in the Catholic Press Association’s annual journalism competition. The awards were announced June 20 at the…

Retirement party to honor Father Nick Landsberger

Father Nick Landsberger, pastor of St. Mary Church in Little Falls will be retiring.  Father Nick has been pastor of St. Mary’s Parish for the past 19 years.  A retirement party in honor of Father Nick will be held on Sunday, June 29th.  The day will begin with a Mass at 10:30 AM.  Following the…

Father Stan will bike across state in July

At 71, priest prepares for his 25th charity ride for MS June 20, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Around 1985, Father Stan Wieser taught cross-country ski lessons to a florist and her sister. “When it came to the hills, her legs didn’t function as well as they should have,” Father Wieser said. “It really struck…