Time to learn and to pray

Diocesan Ministry Day 2013 Oct. 11, 2013, edition A crowd of more than 900 gathered for Diocesan Ministry Day at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud Sept. 30. Participants included teachers, parish staff, priests, parish volunteers, parishioners and others involved in ministry on both parish and diocesan levels. Coverage of Diocesan Ministry Day continues…

Parents must set limits and consequences, ministry day speaker says

Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully It is the children’s job to push limits and the parents’ job to set them, child development expert David Walsh told about 800 educators, youth ministers and parents during his Sept. 30 presentation at Diocesan Ministry Day in St. Cloud. In the authoritative parenting style of limits and…

Minstry Day audience gets refresher on Vatican II challenge to Catholics

Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully More than 930 people from across the St. Cloud Diocese gathered to celebrate the “Hands of Justice” at Diocesan Ministry Day Sept. 30 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. The day kicked off with a keynote by Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, director of the Jesuit…

New life for a cherished building

Former St. Stanislaus Church being repurposed as Perham Center for the Arts Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully On Oct. 4, 2009, the doors of St. Stanislaus Church in Perham closed, marking the closure of St. Stanislaus Parish. Since then the church has been standing relatively empty, with its doors mainly opening for maintenance…

Comparing Catholicism and Islam

Oct. 11, 2013, edition Did you know that Catholics and Muslims worship the same God? It’s true — both religions share the foundation of the prophets including Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David. The primary difference between Catholics and Muslims is the role of Jesus. Catholics (and all Christians) believe that Jesus is the Son of…

Respecting differences, celebrating similarities

Dialogue group helps St. Cloud Christians and Muslims connect on a human level Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula No matter where one lives or to whom one prays, most people want the same things — food on the table, a feeling of safety, opportunities for children, a welcoming community and happiness. The fundamentals of humanity emphasize sameness,…

Key moments in Bishop Kettler’s life

Key moments in Bishop-elect Kettler’s life Nov. 26, 1944 Born in Minneapolis to Joseph and Marguerite Kettler 1964 Graduated from Crosier Seminary Junior College, Onamia 1970 Graduated from St. John’s University and Seminary, Collegeville May 29, 1970 Ordained to the priesthood for the Sioux Falls Diocese 1970-1979 Served as associate pastor in Aberdeen and Sioux…

Facts, figures and fun

When Bishop Donald Kettler first arrived in Alaska in 2002, he may have been called “cheechako,” or newcomer. Here is a comparison of facts and figures between his current assignment in the Diocese of Fairbanks and those in the Diocese of St Cloud, where he will serve after his Nov. 7 installation as bishop of…

Senior High Youth Rally celebrates ‘Amazing Grace’

Save the date: Oct. 27 Day at St. John’s will feature the duo Popple, youth ministry awards, service project, new events Sept. 27, 2013, edition The 25th annual Senior High Youth Rally is a month away, Sunday, Oct. 27. The annual event runs from from 11:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s University in…

Cokie Roberts calls religious sisters role models for public officials

As in the past, nuns continue to speak out for and serve those in need Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The nuns don’t give up, Cokie Roberts said, explaining their dedication for helping people on the margins. Roberts, speaking at St. John’s University Sept. 18, told the stories of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, who started…