Can a penny help you pray? Author’s tips ‘make cents’

June 6, 2014, edition By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit How can a penny help someone draw closer to God? For Marion Amberg, the answer is simple. It lies in the four words placed at the top of the front side of the copper coin, directly above President Abe Lincoln’s head: “In God We Trust.”…

Jubilees: A Celebration

Benedictine Sisters • Benedictine Fathers and Brothers •Crosier Fathers and Brothers • Franciscan Sisters • Poor Clare Sisters • Diocesan Priests • Deacons May 23, 2014, edition Celebrating the jubilarians of the St. Cloud Diocese With this special pullout section The Visitor congratulates the priests, deacon and men and women religious in the St. Cloud Diocese who are celebrating special anniversaries of…

Priest council weighs in on vetting process

Who can and who cannot speak in the diocese, and who decides? May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully If a priest from another a diocese speaks at a parish in the St. Cloud Diocese, does he need a letter of good standing? Does a lay person from another state need a background check to speak…

Blessing for the caring hands of parish nurses

May 23, 2014, edition The faith community nurse (also known as a parish nurse) is a currently licensed registered nurse who has completed a special faith community nursing course and functions under the standards of nursing practice issued by the American Nurses Association and the Health Ministries Association. Faith community nurses work collaboratively within churches…

Priests on the move; 23 assignments affect 36 parishes

May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully July 1 will mean new assignments for 23 priests in the St. Cloud Diocese. The changes will affect 36 parishes. The diocese will welcome five newly ordained priests to parishes and extend best wishes to two retiring priests. Sixteen other priests will receive different assignments. Three new clusters…

St. Joseph in Bertha to celebrate 100 years of building community

May 23, 2014, edition By Dee Goerge For The Visitor Father Henry Yzermans’ suggestion to name Bertha’s church after St. Joseph proved to be foretelling. Like their “worker” patron, members of the western Todd County parish have pitched in to make the church what it is today as parishioners celebrate their 100th anniversary June 8….

Come Holy Spirit

Confirmation Day at St. Mary’s Cathedral May 23, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Ian Corrigan of St. Lawrence Parish in Duelm, who took the confirmation name Joseph, stands with his sponsor as he is confirmed, then shares a smile as he is congratulated by Bishop Kettler. Bishop Donald Kettler presides over…

Doctor D’s career adds up to half a century

Infinite love of math and teaching multiplied joy for SJU professor and thousands of students May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully After some 50 years of teaching mathematics for St. John’s University in Collegeville, Robert Dumonceaux ended his last class May 9 with a prayer. “I give you thanks almighty God for all thy…

St. John’s Abbey responds to sexual abuse lawsuit, says it will seek the truth

May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully St. John’s Abbey will cooperate to seek the truth in regards to the allegations against Benedictine Father Richard Eckroth, according to a statement released by the abbey. Benedictine Father Eckroth is the center of a sexual abuse lawsuit filed May 19 in Stearns County. The complaint alleges Father…