Parishes take up collection for tornado relief

June 21, 2013, edition Pastors across the St. Cloud Diocese have been asked to take up a special collection during the month of June to assist the recovery efforts of the victims of tornados and other devastating natural disasters. Bishop John Kinney made the request through Vicar General Father Robert Rolfes in a letter to…

Liturgy and music come together

National Catholic Youth Choir announces tour, accepts local student June 21, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor For two weeks near the end of June, St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville will become home to 35 students from across the nation as they form the 14th annual National Catholic Youth Choir. Students…

7 men slated to be ordained deacons this month

Three as permanent deacons, four transitional, on track for the priesthood June 7, 2013 edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor “So, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we will put in charge of this need,” says the book of Acts of selecting the…

Teens play polka too!

Band bursts on the scene with young talent June 7, 2013 edition By Lynette Thelen From floats to parish festivals, Nathan’s Oldtime Band will be making the rounds this summer. But if you take a look at them you probably wouldn’t expect polka music to be pumped from their speakers. Nathan Neumann is a recent…

Brother Nicholas lives to the hilt

Holy Cross missioner from Avon recalls Mother Teresa and life in Bangladesh June 7, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Holy Cross Brother Nicholas Thielman, a three-sport star from St. Cloud’s Technical High School, class of 1955, and Avon native, returned to celebrate his 50th anniversary of taking vows. He spoke about Bangladesh — its economy,…

Benedictine era in Luxemburg ending after 132 years

June 7, 2013, edition By Rita Meyer For The Visitor For 132 consecutive years the classrooms at St. Wendelin School in Luxemburg have been blessed with the presence of Benedictine Sisters. Sadly, the end of this school year brought with it the end of an era. Sister Marius Hiltner, part-time teacher and helper, retired after…

They’re living with cancer

June 7, 2013 edition By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor Cancer is a greedy thief. It takes away loved ones, body parts, time, fertility, financial security, energy and hair. Even grateful survivors struggle with scars, depression and a lingering fear of cancer’s return to their own body or the body of someone they love. Cancer…

Refurbished cathedral shines at festive liturgy

May 24, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski Julie Majette said that when you came to St. Mary’s Cathedral every week for Mass, you didn’t give much thought to some of issues that needed attention. “It was getting so rundown, but you really didn’t notice,” Majette said. “I don’t think any of us realized the beauty…