Father Bednark, 98, remained devoted to Mass until day he died

The Visitor Father Walter Ambrose Bednark, 98, died Dec. 10 at the CentraCare Health-Melrose Hospital in Melrose. The Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 15 at St. Mary Church in Little Falls, with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. Burial was at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Little Falls. Father Bednark was born Aug. 22, 1917, in Little…

Mary Burrett, bishop’s executive assistant, to retire

Colleen Haider, who will succeed Burrett, has been transitioning into the position By Nikki Rajala The Visitor Mary Burrett, executive assistant to the bishop, will retire, effective Dec. 31. Her successor, Colleen Haider, has been transitioning into the position since mid-November. Burrett has been with the Diocese of St. Cloud for 23 years, working for…

Parish profile – Christ the King, Browerville

St. Joseph Parish was founded in 1906. Built by Polish immigrants, it has a 70-foot-tall tower, topped with a drum surrounded by eight columns, with an onion dome and cross on the top. The Polish church of St. Joseph and the German church of St. Peter, both in Browerville, became Christ the King Parish in…

Your pilgrimage passport for the Year of Mercy

The Visitor announces the “Pilgrimage Passport: A Journey of Mercy” project. This project is intended for individuals, families, students, schools, youth groups and anyone who wants to mark the Year of Mercy in a special way. To the right is a “passport” that can be cut out and folded in half. Below are “stamps” that…

CSB, SJU students join in 8-year-old’s fight against cancer

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Griffin Dahmen loves the color purple. Maybe its because it’s the color of the jerseys of one of his favorite teams: the Minnesota Vikings. Thanks to a group of students from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Griffin and his entire family — his mom Jill, dad…

Advent project has Hispanics, non-Hispanics praying for each other

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor The social justice committee of St. Michael Church in St. Cloud and St. Joseph Church in Waite Park has been thinking of ways to connect the Hispanic parish community with the non-Hispanic community. In November, the group came up with an idea to match people from each of the communities…

Celebrate with St. Nicholas at the St. Cloud Bookshop

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor St. Nicholas was born during the third century in Payara, on the southern coast of what is now Turkey. While he was young, his wealthy parents died and the devout Nicholas used his entire inheritance to help people in need.  He later became bishop of Myra, well known for his…

Laudato Si’ study guide– Chapter 5: Lines of Approach and Action

Pope Francis wrote his encyclical “Laudato Si’” for “every person living on the planet” not only to read but also to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” In an effort to keep the conversations going, The Visitor is publishing a six-part faith formation series in which guest writers help to “unpack”…

Pierz football coach leads by example on, off field

By Frank Lee For The Visitor Leo Pohlkamp is a winner off the field as he is a winner on the field, according to his pastor and the high school students he mentors as a football coach. The 62-year-old is a devoted Catholic and role model for the students; he has been head coach of…