Looking back at 2013

Year in Review Jan. 3, 2014, edition Photos by Dianne Towalski For The Visitor In the St. Cloud Diocese, it was no ordinary year, as one bishop was wished farewell and a new bishop welcomed Bishop John Kinney officially retires and Bishop Donald Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud After ceremoniously knocking on the…

Bishop releases statement for victims, including list of clergy

From +Donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud January 3, 2014 When I became Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, in November 2013, I immediately began connecting with people, familiarizing myself with policies, and reviewing important documents that I am responsible for as Bishop. Part of that process has involved reviewing files regarding claims…

The Journey of the Magi

Jan. 3, 2014, edition Photos by Lynette Thelen “The Journey of the Magi” was presented Dec. 29 in the St. Benedict Parish gymnasium in Avon; it was written and directed by Kari Kounkel, parish ministry assistant, with musicians from St. Benedict and the surrounding area. Magi Larry Kounkel hands out special “gifts” to members of…

Initiative begun to form leaders in rural areas

Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully An initiative underway in the eastern part of the St. Cloud Diocese might become a national model for helping rural communities thrive. Members of several parishes in Benton, Kanabec, Morrison, Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties are in the midst of training for the Rural Life Leadership Development Initiative,…

New materials for couples seeking to have their marriage blessed

Jan. 3, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Since the St. Cloud Diocese launched Fully Engaged in 2009, about 6,000 couples in 30 dioceses completed the premarital inventory program. “We’ve had psychological inventories for a long time,” said Chris Codden, diocesan director of the Office of Marriage and Family. “With changes in society and the increase…

Abbey releases list of offenders

December 20, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully On Dec. 9, St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville released the names of 18 monks who likely offended minors. The list includes nine monks who are living at St. John’s Abbey under supervised plans: Brothers Michael Bik, Richard Eckroth, Thomas Gillespie, Brennan Maiers, Finian McDonald, Dunstan Moorse, James Phillips,…

Diocese invites youth grades 6-8 to ‘Winter Spectacular’ rally

December 20, 2013, edition The St. Cloud Diocese invites youth in grades 6-8 to the “Winter Spectacular” Junior High Youth Rally Jan. 12, 2014, at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. with registration, prayer and keynote speaker Scott Frieler, director of youth ministry at Holy Spirit, St. Anthony and St….

I will keep Christ in Christmas this year by . . .

Visitor Christmas Poster Contest winners named This year The Visitor selected winners for the $50 first prize from among 195 entries in the newspaper’s annual Christmas poster contest. While most entrants crafted their design with crayon or marker, a few chose painting or paper-cutting. Award winning posters are pictured below. First place winners: GRADES 1-3…

Do it yourself Advent – Week 4

December 20, 2013, edition Week 4 — Dec. 22 The following Advent wreath prayer for the fourth week of Advent is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children. Sharing the…