Sacred ground

May 23, 2014, edition Father Mike Kellogg blesses the farm of Dave and Sue Raguse near Tintah May 14 in honor of the Feast of St. Isidore, the Farmer, which is May 15. Dave, his son Truman and the family dog, Peso, are pictured with Father Kellogg, who blessed 10 or more farms of members…

Bishop thanks donors, affirms support for Catholic schools

May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Catholic schools will be a priority for Bishop Donald Kettler. “Catholic schools are our best catechetical and evangelization tools for our younger people,” he told a gathering of about 365 people May 8 at the Breakfast with the Bishop benefit in St. Joseph for the Catholic Schools Scholarship…

KC Silver Rose Prayer Service set for May 28

May 23, 2014, edition Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. May 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Each year, a silver rose honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried by Knights of Columbus from Canada, through the U.S. and into Mexico to arrive at…

Laity called to be secular, apostolic, priestly and prophetic, prof says

May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Lay people play an important role in spreading the Gospel to the world, Paul Lakeland told a roomful of people May 1 at Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud. The laity, according to Vatican II, are secular and apostolic, said Lakeland, professor of Catholic studies at Fairfield…

Why they are here, what they’ve gone through

 Constant struggle and fear motivates Mexican family to pursue American dream May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully  Maria* was 18 years old and pregnant when she crossed the border with her husband and 15-year-old brother. Her mother crossed the border five years earlier to earn money for Maria and her siblings. In Mexico, Maria…

Hearts open in Harding

Parish community and family with special needs inspire faith-filled lives May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Julie Langer’s eyes filled with tears of gratitude during a recent Holy Trinity School Mass at St. Joseph Church in Pierz. A student announced a collection for a family in need of an adaptive van. Children walked up…

Honoring Marriage Day celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral

 Special Mass celebrated for married couples May 9, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt for The Visitor The 230 couples recognized at Honoring Marriage Day May 3, and their guests, filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud for the 17th annual event. Couples celebrating their fifth, 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th anniversaries and beyond renewed their…

Praying for a pathway to citizenship

Perla Ramos has lived and worked in Minnesota for 11 years and wants permanent status for herself and for her family May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In December 1997, Adrian gave instructions to his wife Perla Ramos and their 5-month-old daughter before he left their homeland of Mexico for the United States. “He…

Grads ’14

May 9, 2014, edition What’s made an impact on livesof this year’s high school graduates? What have they learned about themselves? What worries them?How do they look at their faith? The Visitor asked the Catholic high schools and several parishes across the diocese to choose one graduating senior to be profiled for this special section….