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…

Syrian refugees share untold stories of civil war

Field correspondent for Catholic Relief Services passes on tragic reports at stops in the diocese Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In countries bordering Syria, women tugged at Caroline Brennan’s sleeve, pleading with her to listen to their stories. Their stories, the strife, struggles and reality of women refugees fleeing unrest in Syria, are often missing in…

Fall Mission Forum Oct. 30 will feature CRS correspondent

The St. Cloud Mission Office invites all to its 11th annual Fall Mission Forum and prayer, beginning with Mass at 12:05 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Mary’s Cathedral lower church. Following Mass will be a light reception and presentation by Caroline Brennan, an overseas field correspondent with Catholic Relief Services, who has worked across four…