Vatican expert presents at DMD, discusses papal visit and new book

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor John Thavis is a journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairs. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. John’s University. In 1983, he took a job reporting with Catholic News Service and began covering the Vatican daily, traveling with St. John Paul II and Pope…

Diocesan Ministry Day 2015

‘Courageous witnesses’ to Catholic faith gather for renewal, revitalization By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Nearly 800 parish and Catholic school staff, volunteers, priests and others working in ministry packed the auditorium at the River’s Edge Convention Center Aug. 31 for Diocesan Ministry Day. The day featured a keynote address by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of…

Final preparations underway for Diocesan Ministry Day

“The Great Diocesan Get-Together” is almost here. Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud is an opportunity to learn, network and meet others with an interest in the church. “Anyone can come experience this day,” said Linda Kaiser, director of the diocese’s Catholic Education Ministries office. “This day…

Come to Diocesan Ministry Day and stay for a special evening presentation

Expert to speak on pornography’s impact on youth Patrick Trueman, CEO and president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (formerly called Morality in Media), will deliver a talk for the general public titled “The Multimedia Assault on Our Nation’s Youth” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31 at the River’s Edge Convention…

Discipleship rooted in living out, sharing faith

Julianne Stanz is the director of new evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., and is a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. She will present on “Creating a Culture of Intentional Discipleship in Your Parish” at Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 in St. Cloud. The following…

How should Catholics respond to the sexual exploitation culture?

Patrick Trueman, CEO and president of Morality in Media, served from 1988 to 1993 as chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He will present the workshop “A Catholic Response to the Sexual Exploitation Culture” at Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 in St….

Taking a closer look at ‘the face of poverty today’

Father Larry Snyder is vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. A priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Father Snyder served as president of Catholic Charities USA from 2005 to 2014. He will present “The Face of Poverty Today: The Widow, the Orphan and the Stranger”…

How can the church better serve young adults?

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated Catholic column “Twenty Something,” which appears in The Visitor and approximately 50 diocesan newspapers across the country. Capecchi holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University….

CRS correspondent says hope endures even in most dire situations

Caroline Brennan is senior communications officer for the humanitarian response department of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and development agency. In her role as a foreign correspondent on the front lines of crises, she has visited regions ranging from the war-torn Middle East to the typhoon-devastated Philippines. Earlier this month, she returned…

President of U.S. bishops’ conference to keynote Diocesan Ministry Day

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the keynote speaker for Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. The archbishop will speak on “Pope Francis: Prophet of Hope and Mercy,” an extension of the DMD theme “Voice of Hope.” He…