Former Minnesota Vikings player to speak at national March for Life

By Kurt Jensen Catholic News Service Many years ago, former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk felt called to stand up for life. “Actually, my wife answered the call first,” he said. “She volunteered at crisis pregnancy centers. I followed her lead — being a good husband— and the whole thing grew from…

Shrine profile: The St. Cloud Shrine

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015 and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated several shrines and churches in the Diocese of St. Cloud as pilgrimage sites for this Holy Year. Each of the five shrines will be profiled in upcoming issues. This series begins with The…

Indulgences: God’s love overflowing

By Timothy Johnston For The Visitor Pope Francis has called the church to celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and to reflect on God’s abundant mercy and love for us. For centuries, when a jubilee year is proclaimed, popes have announced special ways that Catholics can ask for and receive God’s forgiveness and mercy for…

New listening sessions scheduled for February

  An allegation of past sexual misconduct involving Father Antonio Marfori was recently made. Because of this allegation, Bishop Kettler has asked a Diocesan Response Team to hold listening sessions for the people of all the parishes in which Father Marfori served. There will be listening sessions on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6…

Former convent will house temporary workers

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor A zoning request to allow the former convent owned by St. Anthony Church in St. Cloud to house temporary workers for St. Cloud-based GNP Company’s Cold Spring processing facility passed in a 4-3 vote by the St. Cloud City Council Jan. 4. The building, constructed in 1955 and located at…

New transitional housing facility set to open for single women

The Visitor On Jan. 4, a woman will walk through the doors of Emily’s Place, a transitional home for single women in St. Cloud, and for the first time, call it home. Emily’s Place will be the second transitional housing facility Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud operates for women. Catholic Charities Domus…