Meet Lori Kohorst: New diocesan pastoral council chair

February 14, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Lori Kohorst had already served as a representative for regional long range planning in the southeastern part of the St. Cloud Diocese when she was recommended to the diocesan pastoral council, one of the major consultative bodies to the bishop. “I was recommended by someone, I think, because…

Issues important to Catholics on tap at state legislature

2014 Legislative Preview February 14, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski The Catholic Spirit Protecting the religious liberty of all Minnesotans. Reforming payday-lending practices that take advantage of the poor and vulnerable. Restoring voting rights to former felons who have paid their debt to society and are trying to start a new life. These are among…

Call to priesthood invites entire family to new vocation

February 14, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor “Mom, Dad — I want to be a priest.”  In today’s world where the quest for wealth and material possessions are driving forces in choosing career paths, it may seem rare to hear these words. It may even instill worry in the hearts of parents…

‘The 12’ in Nicaragua

St. Cloud diocesan delegation strengthens relationships with Nicaraguans through work, prayer and play February 14, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor For just a few dollars, native Nicaraguans can send a letter to their local radio station and have it read on the air in hopes that loved ones in other parts of…

5 keys of a holy, happy and healthy marriage

Unlocking the power of the sacrament February 14, 2014, edition By Jim and Maureen Otremba For The Visitor Think of it as a Valentine you and your spouse give each other. No, it’s not chocolate or flowers, or even dinner at a fancy restaurant. We will be so bold as to claim, however, that its…

How would you tell the story of Jesus using an iPad?

Amazing ideas from Catholic school pupils The Catholic Foundation sponsored a contest for students in Catholic elementary schools. They answered the question: “How would you tell the story of Jesus using an iPad?” in 100 words or less, in order to win an iPad for their school. Alice Coudron, consultant for planned giving and major…

Human trafficking. In Minnesota. In St. Cloud.

Regional organizations, nonprofit groups, nuns and police are shining light on an oft-hidden problem in our area Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Jennifer Janikula A 28-year-old man met a 15-year-old runaway girl. He beat her, raped her and forced her into prostitution. For more than a year, he purchased Internet ads to promote a multi-city…

Bishop Kettler calls for voice of the people

New ordinary’s vision of how consultation works shared with pastoral council Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Since his Nov. 7 installation, Bishop Donald Kettler has been acquainting himself with the St. Cloud Diocese and its procedures. At the Jan. 18 meeting of the diocesan pastoral council meeting, he learned how the council functions…

Jail ministry became a passion for 30-plus years for deacon and his wife

Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Andy Kunkel was studying for the diaconate when his friend, Ken Bates, suggested he help with jail ministry. Kunkel didn’t want to go inside the jail. Bates eventually convinced him to help with the ministry in another way. Kunkel and Bates met with a group of people who…