Anniversary is opportunity to celebrate diocese’s rich history

Our local church celebrates a significant milestone on Sept. 22. This date marks the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of St. Cloud by Pope Leo XIII. Our history as a people of faith in central Minnesota, however, predates the diocese’s formation in 1889. Father Francis Xavier Pierz arrived here in the 1850s…

Digitized documents offer insight into early days of diocese

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor In January 1916, Bishop Joseph Busch introduced “My Message,” a monthly magazine, to the St. Cloud Diocese. Thanks to a team at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, the magazine — published between 1916 and 1919 — is again available. Today, however, it is in a digital…

St. Cloud’s relics are reminder of his holy life

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor To commemorate 125 years of the St. Cloud Diocese, relics of St. Cloud can be viewed before and after the 3 p.m. Sept. 21 anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The relics are kept in niches in the St. Cloud Shrine on the north side of the…

6 Treasures of the diocesan archives

Story and photos by Dianne Towalski The Visitor Diocesan archives home to hundreds of historical artifacts If you attended the installation Mass for Bishop Donald Kettler last year, you probably saw one of the diocesan archives’ most prized artifacts and didn’t even know it. The chalice that was used by Bishop Kettler during the Mass…

Commemorating 125 years of faith

Although the St. Cloud Diocese was officially established in 1889, Catholics began moving into the area long before then — forming parishes and constructing churches and other structures necessary to shape communities. Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, which is no longer in existence, was created in Long Prairie in 1851; the next year Holy Family…