All Saints are ‘Pulling for Patrick’

June 6, 2014, edition Photo courtesy of Yuppy Photo Patrick McMullen, a fifth grader at the St. Cloud campus of All Saints Academy, sits surrounded by the entire school May 28, holding a large stuffed monkey named George which was given to him by his classmates. Patrick has had cancer since second grade. The white…

O, Mary, we crown thee . . .

June 6, 2014, edition Photo by Tony Wenzel For The Visitor Julia Stich places a crown on Mary May 21 at St. James Church in Randall. The May crowning event also included praying the rosary and music provided by Lynn Wenzel.

Fortnight for Freedom 2014

Celebration June 21-July 4 to focus on freedom to serve June 6, 2014, edition The United States Bishops have called the faithful to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve from June 21 to July 4. The theme for this year’s event will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in…

In Cold Spring: Mass with the bishop

June 6, 2014, edition Visitor photos by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Bishop Donald Kettler presided at the May 22 Mass at St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring for the students of St. Boniface School and community members. He has been visiting many parishes and schools in the diocese since his installation as bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese in November.

‘Whistlestop’ parish in Staples celebrates 125 years

June 6, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor The town of Staples “seemed destined for a premature demise” before the railroad came through in 1889, making it a cutoff for trains traveling from Little Falls to Staples and then heading west, according to a book written by Benedictine Sister Janice Wedl, “Sacred Heart…

St. Cloud man named top knight in state

June 6, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala Gene Markman of Knights of Columbus Council 5548 was named Minnesota Knight of the Year in a ceremony May 17 at the Minnesota State Knights of Columbus state convention in Bloomington. Grand Knight Conrad Meier nominated Markman for his volunteer service as a Knight and in his community…

Gabriel Walz to be ordained a transitional deacon

Ceremony set for June 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud June 6, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Gabriel Walz, 28, will take one step closer to the priesthood this June. He will be ordained a deacon during the Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. On…

Retiring clergy find purpose in their calling

June 6, 2014, edition By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor God calls people from all walks of life to religious vocations. He calls believers, non-believers, young and old. Some calls are obvious and concise, but others take years to permeate. Retiring clergy from the St. Cloud Diocese demonstrate the diversity of God’s call: • Father Mark…

Ordination day St. John’s

The Benedictine community at St. John’s Abbey celebrated the ordination of two of its members to the priesthood, Michael Leonard Hahn and Bradley Jenniges June 6, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt for The Visitor Benedictines Bradley Jenniges (left) and Michael Leonard Hahn listen as Bishop Donald Kettler presides at their rite of ordination to the…

Making music, praying twice

At St. Henry’s in Perham, classes instill love for music in the youngest parishioners June 6, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Children’s voices joyfully rose in song May 12 from the basement of St. Henry Church in Perham. The young children, ages 1 to 5, chanted, sang silly songs, added actions and danced as they…