It’s important to teach kids to say ‘no’ — to themselves

Child development expert will explain the process of passing along self-discipline August 30, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In today’s culture, the values of patience and self-discipline can get lost. This can be problematic, because the ability to say no to one’s self is twice as strong as a predictor of school success as intelligence, says David Walsh, founder…

Franciscans host Green Fair Folk Festival

Fiddles? Food? Family fun? For sure! August 16, 2013, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt The west lawn of St. Francis Convent in Little Falls was the scene Aug. 7 when the Franciscan Sisters hosted the seventh annual Green Fair Folk Festival. Ecological awareness is the goal of the community event that boasts displays by vendors…

Ecumenical VBS – faith and fun in Avon

Vacation Bible School participants sang songs at Avon Community Church Aug. 6. Children from the St. Benedict Church, Avon Community Church and the surrounding area were invited to VBS Aug. 4-8. Leaders and volunteers from both churches worked together to offer “Kingdom Rock” in Avon. The medieval-themed program encourages children to stand strong for God….

St. Cloud man influential in 1963 march

There is a local connection to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Aug. 28, reminded Michael Hemmesch, director of media relations at St. John’s University, Collegeville. Mathew Ahmann, a native of St. Cloud, organized the National Conference on Religion and Race in 1963 to coincide with the 100th anniversary…

One-time dream now reality — a school with 341 pupils

August 16, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Photos of smiling children fill Sandy Baldwin’s album from Kenya. “There is a very positive environment at the school,” she said. “They seem like they absolutely love it.” Baldwin, a member of St. Paul Parish in St. Cloud, has visited St. Francis Moto Hope Academy twice since she…

Back home — Benedictines return to Minnesota after Utah monastery closes

August 16, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Leaving Utah to return to St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph was bittersweet for Benedictine Sister Luke Hoschette. Sister Luke left Mount Benedict Monastery in Ogden, Utah, to come to St. Benedict’s Monastery this June. The last group of sisters from the monastery reached St. Joseph on June…

St. Cloud Children’s Home adds new residential treatment building

New cottage designed to address today’s needs  August 16, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Arriving at the St. Cloud Children’s Home at age 17, Cynthia (Scott) Harter already had lived in several facilities and needed a boost to get on track. She had battled chronic depression for several years, needed to manage borderline personality disorder…

Windows to the faith

  In March The Visitor published a story about a couple, Gary and Mary Schultz of Browerville, who had restored the vibrant stained glass windows of more than 20 churches across the St. Cloud Diocese. We invited readers to send a photograph of a favorite window from their church. This is a sampling of the images we received.    …

Girls, God and Good Times

A total of 132 girls attended the 15th annual Girls, God and Good Times Benedictine camps, hosted by St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph. Two camps were held — June 11-13 for girls who completed grades four and five and July 15-17 for girls who completed grades six through eight. Activities included arts and crafts, lectio divina, Liturgy of the…