Taize Prayer with the Crosiers

March 28, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Crosier Provincial Father Thomas Enneking sings with the congregation at the Taize Prayer Around the Cross at St. Mary’s Cathedral March 21. A parishioner receives a blessing through the relic of St. Odilia from Crosier Father Ernest Martell. The Taize Prayer service, which includes veneration…

Diocesan budget reviewed by presbyteral council

March 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In its first meeting with Bishop Donald Kettler, the presbyteral council, which consists of priest representatives, reviewed the upcoming diocesan budget, elected officers, discussed new liturgy guidelines and proposed a different lens for looking at ministry. The 2014-15 budget for the curia offices of the St. Cloud Diocese…

With games over, local Olympian’s plans still include glorifying God

Heartbroken at first by titlegame loss, Anne Schleper now says ‘silver still inspires,’ and she’ll go on blending faith and hockey March 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In Sochi, Russia, officials are faced with the dilemma of what to do with the empty hotels, sports arenas and ski resorts built for the Olympics. The…

Annual Report: 2012-2013

Thank you March 28, 2014, edition By Bishop Donald Kettler Although it has been just a few months since I began serving in Minnesota, it hasn’t taken me very long to recognize and appreciate the characteristics of the people of God here that makes the Diocese of St. Cloud such a strong Catholic community. Your…

Questions about confession?

A Visitor Q & A has the answers March 14, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Lent is a season of penance as well as prayer, almsgiving and fasting. The sacrament of penance or reconciliation is meant to be healing, but for some people the process of confession can be confusing and anxiety producing. For them,…

It’s the ‘Granddaddy’ of snowmen

March 14, 2014, edition Gilman farmer Greg Novak created a 50-foot snowman called “Granddaddy” on his snow-drifted fields. Novak started building Granddaddy in late January because he needed to remove snow from his greenhouses to avert a collapse — heavy snow had already caused one greenhouse roof to cave in. Completion required skid loaders, a…

Four added to list of clergy likely to have abused minors

March 14, 2014, edition By Bishop Donald J. Kettler As I mentioned in a previous press release, since my appointment as the bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud I have been trying to familiarize myself with the diocese and the records maintained by my predecessor bishops. One purpose in reviewing records was to provide…

As Venezuela implodes, diocesan partners seek prayers

March 14, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson Troubled by the political unrest that has taken over his homeland of Venezuela, Father Jose Bracamonte is pleading for prayers to end the violence there. The priest who served in the St. Cloud Diocese from 2005-2010 penned a letter with the prayer request to the people of the…

Is an auction in your future?

Auctions raise excitement and build community for Catholic schools; communities already holding them tell what it takes to be successful March 14, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Auction committee members and assistants hold colorful pillows, each one with a different class picture and student signatures. The bids continue to rise. Auctioneer Dan Winter talks faster…

Journey of faith continues

March 14, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt for The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler celebrated the Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud with 23 catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion with 66 candidates from across the diocese March 9. Catechumens are those who were unbaptized prior to their preparation for…