Every good and perfect gift

Delegates to Kenya prepare to bring gifts for global brothers and sisters By Kristi Anderson The Visitor One of the things delegates think about when preparing for a trip is how to be a hospitable guest. One way they do that is by bringing gifts. Some groups will bring liturgical items — linens, refurbished chalices,…

Pilgrimage to mark 15th anniversary of priest’s death

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On Wednesday, Aug. 19, people from all walks of life will board a bus at Sacred Heart Church in Sauk Rapids and make the 125-mile trip to St. James Church in Maine Township, where Mill Hill Missionary Father John Kaiser was baptized. “The world desperately needs heroes,” said retired Father…

Cardinal calls Kenyans to prayer in wake of militants’ college attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — The president of the Kenyan bishops’ conference called on Easter worshippers to commit themselves to praying for peace and security in their homeland after militants attacked a college campus days earlier. Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi also condemned the April 2 attack by the Somalia-based al-Shabaab militants at Garissa University College…

Kenya’s Christians ‘living in fear’ after latest attack, says bishop

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Since Somali militants killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in early December, Christians in Kenya “are living in fear, wondering where the next attack will be,” said Bishop Emanuel Barbara of Malindi, Kenya. There is much “confusion and anxiety” among Christians, he said in a Dec. 5 telephone interview from…

Kenyan delegation celebrates 15 years of friendship

April 25, 2014, edition By Kristi Anderson An unexpected winter storm dropped unseemly amounts of snow across the state April 16. For Minnesotans, it was just another bane of seasonal activity, but for the 14 Kenyan delegates visiting the Diocese of St. Cloud, seeing, touching and even tasting the snow was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “Now…

Retirements lead to the appointment of new leaders

Year in Review Jan. 3, 2014, edition Benedictine Sister Nancy Bauer became the new chancellor, upon the Sept. 30 retirement of Catherine “Cate” Coghloan. Curt Hanson became the new director of the diocesan Stewardship and Development Office and executive director of The Catholic Foundation, upon the Aug. 16 retirement of George Sjogren. St. Mary’s Cathedral…