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…

Rural Life Celebration not just for farmers

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Just over a year ago, the roof at St. Mary’s School, part of Assumption Parish in Morris, collapsed after heavy rains fell there. The building suffered major damage. Tom Noel, one of the parish trustees, said it was a devastating blow for the community. So when he heard about the…

Home visits key to Franciscan sister’s approach to Latino ministry

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Franciscan Sister Aurora Tovar is a long way from her home parish of San Rafael in the Diocese of Linares, Mexico, where she worked as a lay leader and catechist and where she first met the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. But the ministry she does here in Minnesota is…

First Spanish-speaking Knights council slated to install new officers

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On July 17, new officers are being installed for the first Spanish-speaking Knights of Columbus council in the Diocese of St. Cloud. This ceremony will be celebrated with Bishop Donald Kettler at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Long Prairie. The council, named the Miguel Pro…

Sartell family tackles urban challenges of caring for creation

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Matt and Carolyn Bertsch, members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, moved to Sartell in 2001. Shortly after, they planted a small orchard. They researched which fruit trees would do well in their climate zone, which ones could act as possible pollinators and then started planting. They now have pears, apples,…

Obituary: Father Bernard Gruenes

The Visitor Father Bernard Gruenes, 81, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, died April 16 at his apartment at Country Manor in Sartell. Reception of the body will be at 3 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m….

How can the church serve families better?

Focus groups, surveys seek answers ahead of synod on the family By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler is asking Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud to share their views regarding the needs of today’s Catholic families and what the church can do to provide better pastoral care, especially to families here in…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Crowd gathers at St. John’s to dance, sing and pray in honor of the patroness of the Americas Bells, beads, feathers and shells adorned the colorful costumes of Latino dancers who performed for more than 600 people at a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 14 at St….