Diocese to mark 125th anniversary with Mass

Categories: Around the Diocese

August 15, 2014, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

The St. Cloud Diocese turns 125 years old Sept. 22, and several events are being planned to commemorate the occasion.

Everyone is invited to an anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. All priests of the diocese are invited to concelebrate and deacons are invited to be vested for it. A picnic supper will follow on the grounds of the church.

Parishes are invited to host their own celebratory Masses on the weekend of Sept. 7, the feast day of St. Cloud. Pastors received a packet with selected readings, prayers, musical suggestions and a copy of the melody and text for the “Hymn in Honor of St. Cloud” composed in 1997 by the late Father Christopher Trussell. Permission has been granted for parishes to use the hymn throughout the next year.

Ideas for commemorating the anniversary in faith formation classes or other youth activities were sent to all faith formation directors in the diocese.

“Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity to talk about what a diocese is and how we all fit in it,” said Brenda Kresky, faith formation consultant for the St. Cloud Diocese. “It’s important to talk about who we are and how we got here.”

The St. Cloud Diocese, when established in 1889, had a Catholic population of 30,000 served by 38 priests with 28 parishes and 40 stations, according to “The Spirit in Central Minnesota” by Msgr. Vincent Yzermans. Today, the diocese is home to about 133,000 Catholics and 131 parishes. It comprises 12,251 square miles in 16 counties in central Minnesota.

The mission of the diocese is to be Christ’s “heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.”

The diocese’s namesake was a sixth-century saint and confessor. Cloud, a member of Frankish royalty, later became a hermit and then priest. He was known for his gifts of healing, counseling, preaching and celebrating the Eucharist in ministry to the people. He became pastor of a small village near Paris, which today is called St. Cloud.

More information about the diocese can be found under the “About Us” tab at www.stcdio.org.