Maennerchor hosts Big Sing concert

11 men’s choirs unite April 26 at St. John’s Abbey in songs of joy, humor and patriotism March 14, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala “At my first Big Sing I heard 300 men’s voices sing the national anthem,” Chad Middendorf reminisced. “When that full sound of the first few lines bounced back, I was overcome…

As temperatures dropped, need for charity escalated

March 14, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The St. Cloud Hospital emergency department noticed a jump in cold-related injury cases from around 20 last winter to about 35 this winter. Cold-related injuries include frostbite, frost nip and hypothermia. The St. Cloud Hospital emergency department saw three cases of severe hypothermia compared to none last winter….

Investigation clears Twin Cities archbishop

March 14, 2014, edition The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced March 11 that it has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis after police conducted what they termed an “extensive investigation” following an allegation that the archbishop inappropriately touched a minor during a group photo session after a confirmation…

Crosier Order releases updated list of religious involved in sexual abuse

March 14, 2014, edition  An updated list of Crosier priests and brothers with one or more credible claims of sexual abuse of minors has been released by the community from its province headquarters in Phoenix. The list includes Crosiers previously disclosed in 2002 following a third-party investigation as well as current, former and deceased Crosiers…

Minnesotans help rescuers of massive collection of ancient Islamic texts

Benedictine’s Hill Museum and Manuscript Library electronically preserving treasures from Timbuktu March 14, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala Photos courtesy of Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Collegeville In action movies, heroes risk great peril in mysterious locales — like the deserts of Timbuktu — and fight deadly enemies to rescue treasure. Though the combatants persist,…

You too can ‘pay it forward’ — here’s how

March 14, 2014, edition Groups participating in The Visitor’s “Pay it Forward” initiative welcome assistance to grow The Visitor’s start-up money to aid their charities. • Students at St. Mary of Mount Carmel School, Long Prairie, are collecting coins for the Clean Water program of Catholic Relief Services. Cash donations may be sent to the school…

Events Around The Diocese

Tuesday, July 29 Richmond • SS. Peter and Paul Parish hosts bingo at 7 p.m. at the parish center. Saturday, August 2 Greenwald • Barley Days begins with polka Mass at 7:30 p.m. on the St. Andrew Parish grounds. (Event continues Sunday.) Sunday, August 3 Albany • Seven Dolors Parish Summer Festival begins with indoor polka Mass at 10:30 a.m. with music…

Kenya

There are few paying jobs in Kariobangi, a crowded neighborhood in northeastern Nairobi. Catholic Relief Services organizes working groups that allow members to make a living while providing a much needed service to the community. February 28, 2014, edition MICHAEL’S STORY Kariobangi is a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The people who live here…

Lent

What you give up for Lent changes lives February 28, 2014, edition Lent is the Christian time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving, and, for Catholics in the St. Cloud Diocese, there is no more valuable a vehicle to help make the most of Lent than a makeshift rice bowl fashioned out of cardboard. CRS Rice…

About those ‘ruts’ in your life

A Lenten reflection February 28, 2014, edition by Bishop Donald Kettler In the hill country of West Virginia, eventually the blacktop roads run out and they turn into oiled dirt or gravel. Fairly soon even these run out and turn into dirt or mud, deeply rutted and worn by many wheels. At the beginning of…