Mass will honor members of religious communities

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor When Scott Baynes started courting his wife, Meaghan, he often attended daily Mass at St. Peter Parish in St. Cloud where she was a cantor. Crosier Father Kermit Holl was the pastor, and the couple and he became friends. After they married, they regularly invited him to their home for…

Poor Clare Sisters of Sauk Rapids

Love for God calls sisters beyond earthly desires During this Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis instructs Catholics to “look to the past with gratitude … live the present with passion… [and] embrace the future with hope.” The Visitor is helping to commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in the…

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls

A religious community devoted to prayer, simplicity and service During this Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis instructs Catholics to “look to the past with gratitude … live the present with passion… [and] embrace the future with hope.” The Visitor will help to commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in…

Meet the Monks of St. John’s Abbey

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Rule of St. Benedict The Rule of St. Benedict is a sixth-century guide for the monastic way of life written by St. Benedict of Nursia. A balance of prayer, work and sacred reading were the key elements of this For Benedict, a balanced life would better discern the hand of…

Pray with us during the Year of Consecrated Life

In the diverse work that monks may do, the liturgy is the one work common to all of them Q. I know that you are a member of St. John’s Abbey. During this Year of Consecrated Life, I was wondering how you see the role of liturgy in your own life and in your religious…

The order of the Holy cross – Crosier Fathers and Brothers

During this Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis instructs Catholics to “look to the past with gratitude … live the present with passion… [and] embrace the future with hope.” The Visitor will to help commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in the St. Cloud Diocese, in the lead-up to the…

Pope warns religious against ‘crisis of quality’ in consecrated life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite fewer vocations to consecrated life, those responsible for formation in religious institutes must know how to say no to unsuitable candidates, so as to avoid a “graver crisis of quality” down the road, said Pope Francis. During an audience with about 1,300 novice directors and other formation ministers at the…

Celebrating the Sisters of the order of St. Benedict

During this Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis instructs Catholics to “look to the past with gratitude … live the present with passion… [and] embrace the future with hope.” The Visitor will to help commemorate the past, present and future of the religious communities housed in the St. Cloud Diocese, in the lead-up to the…

Open houses mark Year of Consecrated Life

The Visitor Several religious communities in the Diocese of St. Cloud are opening their doors to the public on Feb. 8 as part of events celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life. The special year announced by Pope Francis began Nov. 30 and ends Feb. 2, 2016. The open house events include the following: • Onamia…

Living the Consecrated Life

Bishop William Callahan, OFM Conv., of the Diocese of La Crosse reflects on living the vows of a consecrated life–poverty, chastity and obedience. For more information on this year and for resources, go to http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/consecrated-life/year-of-consecrated-life/index.cfm