Shrine profile – Assumption Chapel

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Prayer team offers help with inner healing

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor About three years ago, Father Greg Paffel went on sabbatical, visiting an Ignatian retreat center in Florida. On this 30–day silent retreat, he felt there was something that just wasn’t “clicking” in his life. While there, he stumbled across the book “Unbound” by Neal Lozano, an international speaker and the…

Shrine profile – Divine Mercy Shrine of Sauk Centre

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Adventure to see pope leads to deeper realization about church

By Joe Towalski Editor/The Visitor It’s hard to match the excitement of seeing the pope in person and up close. He is, after all, the vicar of Christ on earth, a leader beloved by billions who serves as the conscience of humankind. Who else can claim that? So, when you get the chance, you don’t…

100-mile Camino walk was metaphor for life for two pilgrims

August 15, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Reaching the cathedral in Santiago, Spain, Tim Drake felt tired and had sore feet, but he was grateful, thankful and filled with awe. Beginning his journey in Astorga, Spain, he had just walked more than 100 miles along the Camino de Santiago, a network of paths that lead…