Graduation Events

Baccalaureate Masses, commencement ceremonies for Cathedral and St. John’s Preparatory schools Cathedral School baccalaureate Mass Cathedral School baccalaureate Mass will be presided by Bishop Donald Kettler at 7 p.m. May 21, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Father Ben Kociemba, Cathedral School chaplain, Deacon Jim Trout and other priests will be in attendance. Theology teacher Steve Penticuff will…

Jesus’ advice to graduates: Be your best in the world

May 9, 2014, edition By Doug Scott May is the month for graduations. Whether 5-year-olds are “graduating” from kindergarten or 25-year-olds from grad school, students around the country are moving on to bigger things. Traditionally high school graduates seem to get the most advice: “Live within your means.” “Study what interests you, but remember you…

Shelter opens in St. Cloud for Homeless Youth

  April 25, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Homeless youth will soon have a place to stay as they learn life skills to live successfully on their own. Catholic Charities’ Youth House will open in May in St. Cloud. The house will be for homeless youth ages 16-21 committed to working with a case manager…

Pornography’s Dangers: Studies show brain functions affected

April 25, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Bruce Hannemann, a college chemistry instructor, began having difficulties concentrating, carrying on conversations and effectively planning lessons. His wife, Jeannie, thought he had a brain tumor. Brain scans showed severe damage to the frontal cortex, an overly active right side and insufficient functioning on the left side. The…

Jane Marrin appointed chancellor for the diocese

 April 25, 2014, edition Jane Marrin, who served as the St. Cloud Diocese’s planning director from January 2001 to June 2012 and as interim director of communications since December 2012, was named chancellor April 1. Marrin was a member of the Diocesan Planning Council, an advisory body to Bishop John Kinney, since its inception in…

Diocese hires Joe Towalski as new communications director

April 25, 2014, edition Joe Towalski has been named director of communications for the Diocese of St. Cloud. He will begin July 1. Jane Marrin, former planning director for the diocese, has been serving in that position since December 2012. She was named chancellor for the diocese April 1. “We are pleased that Joe Towalski…

Pay it Forward 2014: Here’s how $100 times 5 becomes $8,000-plus

April 25, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala Hundreds across diocese chip in to multiply Pay it Forward funds. In February, five Pay it Forward projects began with seed grants of $100 each from The Visitor. During Lent, they’ve parlayed it into $8,531.77, with more to come from two groups. Three anonymous donors offered their funds…

Kenyan delegation celebrates 15 years of friendship

April 25, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson An unexpected winter storm dropped unseemly amounts of snow across the state April 16. For Minnesotans, it was just another bane of seasonal activity, but for the 14 Kenyan delegates visiting the Diocese of St. Cloud, seeing, touching and even tasting the snow was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “Now…

Sponsoring children abroad takes more than buying bicycles

April 25, 2014, edition  By Father Jeff Ethen It requires building relationships with families. Agosto Culan weighed the give-and-take of our relationship in two carefully penciled sentences in his annual letter to me. He asked for a bicycle — a blue one. The English translation omitted the request and a line was firmly drawn through…