Let it snow

Dec. 6, 2013, edition Mary was blanketed with snow on the morning of Dec. 3 near Randall, where about eight inches of the fluffy white stuff came down. Tony Wenzel, a member of St. James Parish, took this picture of the statue in his backyard. Photo courtesy of Tony Wenzel

Lawsuit alleges abuse by Father Hoefgen, former monk of St. John’s Abbey

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Francis Hoefgen, a former priest of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, is the center of a lawsuit filed Nov. 19 in Dakota County, Minn. The complaint alleges that Hoefgen, while a priest of St. John’s Abbey, sexually abused a boy in 1983. At the time, Hoefgen was assigned…

Two Benedictines to continue on the track to priesthood

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville will soon be home to two more deacons. Benedictine Brothers Michael Leonard Hahn, who grew up in Robbinsdale, Minn., and Bradley Jenniges, a native of St. Paul, plan to be ordained deacons 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Abbey Church. Bishop Donald Kettler…

Grandparents’ Day at CHS

Dec. 6, 2013, edition Students and visitors rise as Bishop Donald Kettler enters the gym at Cathedral School Nov. 26 to preside at Mass for Grandparents’ Day. Cathedral School 10th grade student Amy Howard, 16, poses for a picture with Bishop Kettler at the request of her grandmother, Sarah Howard of St. Cloud Photos by…

CSB student receives national award for local peacemaking initiative

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Danielle Liebl For The Visitor On Oct. 6, I awaited the email of actresses America Ferrera and Rashida Jones, announcing the inaugural Peace First Prize winners. However, once I received it, I was in shock and disbelief — my name was among the 10 winners. Each of us who won…

Do It Yourself Advent

Week 1 — Dec. 1 The following Advent wreath prayer 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 task of proclaiming the readings will allow for participation by a variety of members of the…

Sisters and students reap veggies, relationships and respect for the Earth

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Photos by Bill Vossler This summer the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and Little Falls High School forged a new partnership — with Franciscan guidance, students organically grew and harvested vegetables in the nearby Franciscan gardens. The produce has already nourished many — the Franciscan sisters and students…

Rich family prayer life credited with fostering vocations

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor Patricia Wolfbauer, from St. Andrew Parish in Elk River, is the mother of a priest. When asked how she helped foster her son Michael’s religious vocation, she quickly answered, “I didn’t!” She “made” her three boys go to Mass every week, but she won’t take…