5K run on cattle paths and rural roads set to pave way for women’s vocations

August 2, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Farms are places for growing grains, vegetables and fruit and raising all sorts of livestock. The Molitor farm in rural Rockville, for example, owned by Joe Molitor and his brother Tom, is home to corn, alfalfa and dairy cattle. Joe’s daughter, Kristin, and her friend, April Bechtold, believe…

150 years in the making

Parish community of St. Lawrence, Duelm, is celebrating its sesquicentennial with a host of activities August 2, 2013, edition By Lynette Thelen Lawrence Balzer was the oldest pioneer at the time of the building of the first log cabin church in Duelm. The Church of St. Lawrence was named after Balzer’s patron saint. With its…

Pilgrimage will open ‘doors of faith’ in three dioceses

Bus tour to visit cathedrals scheduled for Oct. 2-3 August 2, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Before the Year of Faith comes to a close, the “doors of faith” will open in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin cathedrals for local pilgrims. This October, representatives from the cathedrals will greet a bus filled with people from…

What is justice? Jesuit, ministry day speaker, explains

Diocesan Ministry Day preview August 2, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Justice is often thought of as a vague term in the Pledge of Allegiance or in the court system. But it is in the mission of the St. Cloud Diocese, deeply rooted in church teaching and a theme for this year’s Diocesan Ministry Day…

In Clear Lake, there’s clearly a sense of community

St. Marcus Parish to mark 125 anniversary July 21 July 19, 2013, edition By Lynette Thelen St. Marcus Parish in Clear Lake will celebrate 125 years of fellowship on Sunday, July 21 with 10 a.m. Mass and a picnic in the fellowship hall. Established in 1888, after 18 Catholic families in the area decided to…

NFP week celebrated nationally July 21 through 27

July 19, 2013 edition “Pro-woman, Pro-man, Pro-child” is the theme of National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, observed July 21-27. The week will be commemorated in the St. Cloud Diocese in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae,” the encyclical written by Pope Paul VI and released in 1968. The annual Humanae Vitae Mass…

Life of faith energizes new stewardship director

Q & A with Curt Hanson July 19, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Meet Curt Hanson, the new executive director of the Catholic Foundation and Director of Stewardship and Development. Hanson began July 1. Q. Tell us about your family. A. My wife Mary Beth and I live near Little Falls. We’re happy to belong…

The Catholic Foundation awards $195,000 in grants across the diocese

July 19, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson Parishes and Catholic schools across the diocese are purchasing everything from Bibles to iPads to enhance their learning programs due, in large part, to grants distributed by The Catholic Foundation. The foundation, whose assets now reach over $18 million, supports the work of Christ carried out in parishes,…

George Sjogren: Says sharing his talents has been God-given gift

July 19, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala George Sjogren, since 2007 the diocesan director of Stewardship and Development and executive director of The Catholic Foundation, will step down Aug. 16. “Each day I looked forward to helping the church and its people,” Sjogren said, “and being in relationship with pastors and lay people, helping them develop…