Mary Burrett, bishop’s executive assistant, to retire

Colleen Haider, who will succeed Burrett, has been transitioning into the position By Nikki Rajala The Visitor Mary Burrett, executive assistant to the bishop, will retire, effective Dec. 31. Her successor, Colleen Haider, has been transitioning into the position since mid-November. Burrett has been with the Diocese of St. Cloud for 23 years, working for…

Pope Names Superior, Wisconsin Bishop Peter Christensen Bishop Of Boise City, Idaho, Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Michael Driscoll

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen, 61, of Superior, Wisconsin, as bishop of Boise City, Idaho, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. The appointment was publicized in Washington, November 4, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Peter F….

Retirement party to honor Father Nick Landsberger

Father Nick Landsberger, pastor of St. Mary Church in Little Falls will be retiring.  Father Nick has been pastor of St. Mary’s Parish for the past 19 years.  A retirement party in honor of Father Nick will be held on Sunday, June 29th.  The day will begin with a Mass at 10:30 AM.  Following the…

As we age, it’s okay to ‘play it safe’ a bit more

March 28, 2014, edition By Jean Gonzalez Catholic News Service Replacing a microwave oven for his elderly grandparents did not seem like a big deal to David Teare. The microwave malfunctioned while Teare, a Texas native, was visiting his  grandparents in St. Petersburg, Fla. When he went to the local store to purchase a new microwave,…

Could the Internet change how you communicate?

March 28, 2014, edition By Zack Dunham Catholic News Service Staying in touch with family members scattered throughout the country always has posed a problem to retired seniors. Long-distance phone charges and time constraints conspire to keep families apart. However, by providing many lowcost and free communication services, the Internet allows an ever-growing number of…

Retirement years are not the time to stop learning

March 28, 2014, edition By Cori Fugere Urban Catholic News Service Learning of the opportunity to hear a well-known syndicated cartoonist speak about his work, 69-year-old retiree Arthur Hannon wasn’t sure he’d be interested. The Senior Symposia workshop turned out to be “absolutely fascinating,” he said, with the cartoonist giving his audience of senior citizens…

When husband and wife BOTH retire

Working out a new life situation isn’t always a smooth ride March 28, 2014, edition By Louise McNulty Catholic News Service As the retirement years approach for a husband and wife who both have jobs, an important consideration is whether to retire at the same time. David Mordarski, director of Older Adult Services for Catholic Charities…

Volunteers needed near to home or around the world

March 28, 2014, edition By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service Once people retire they soon realize that there is no shortage of volunteer possibilities. The chances to use one’s time or talent range from family baby-sitting requests to parish needs, neighborhood school opportunities and charity work — both large scale and local. Before seniors say yes…

Who is John Kinney?

Those who worked closely with him say he’s a man with whom they were graced to serve Insight into the person of Bishop John Kinney is easily shared by people who worked closely with him as part of the chancery and pastoral team of the St. Cloud Diocese. One who had a head start on…

Coghlan to retire — diocese’s first woman and lay chancellor

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Catherine “Cate” Coghlan, the first woman and first lay person to serve as chancellor for the St. Cloud Diocese, will retire Sept. 30. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked for Bishop [John] Kinney in two different venues, and for his acceptance of women’s roles in the…