The Visitor Summer Festivals Calendar

Sunday, June 14 Belle Prairie • Holy Family Parish hosts Holy Family Heritage Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Polka Mass at 10:30 under tent with music by Stan’s Country Dutchmen followed by Henry Stocker with dancing (on dance floor) all afternoon. Chicken and sausage meal follows Mass. Activities include cash bingo, silent auction,…

Diocese to mark 125th anniversary with Mass

August 15, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The St. Cloud Diocese turns 125 years old Sept. 22, and several events are being planned to commemorate the occasion. Everyone is invited to an anniversary Mass at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. All priests of the diocese are invited to concelebrate…

4 New Priests

June 21 marked a special day in the St. Cloud Diocese as Mitchell Bechtold, Timothy Gapinski, Aaron Nett and Jeremy Theis were ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler presided and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney was a concelebrant. The newly ordained began serving as parochial vicars July 1….

Four answer call to diocesan priesthood

On June 21 the St. Cloud Diocese will welcome four new priests. The priestly ordination Mass for Transitional Deacons Mitchell Bechtold, Timothy Gapinski, Aaron Nett and Jeremy Theis will be 10:30 a.m. June 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The future priests are all in their 20s and 30s, hail from the diocese…

When was the last time you thanked a farmer?

One way we can help answer Pope Francis’ call to care for the environment is by supporting the farmers who are good stewards of the land June 6, 2014, edition By Joe Towalski During a recent audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of pollution and the importance of safeguarding creation…

Jubilees: A Celebration

Benedictine Sisters • Benedictine Fathers and Brothers •Crosier Fathers and Brothers • Franciscan Sisters • Poor Clare Sisters • Diocesan Priests • Deacons May 23, 2014, edition Celebrating the jubilarians of the St. Cloud Diocese With this special pullout section The Visitor congratulates the priests, deacon and men and women religious in the St. Cloud Diocese who are celebrating special anniversaries of…

Priest council weighs in on vetting process

Who can and who cannot speak in the diocese, and who decides? May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully If a priest from another a diocese speaks at a parish in the St. Cloud Diocese, does he need a letter of good standing? Does a lay person from another state need a background check to speak…

Priests on the move; 23 assignments affect 36 parishes

May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully July 1 will mean new assignments for 23 priests in the St. Cloud Diocese. The changes will affect 36 parishes. The diocese will welcome five newly ordained priests to parishes and extend best wishes to two retiring priests. Sixteen other priests will receive different assignments. Three new clusters…

Men of Integrity

Scenes from the St. Cloud Diocese’s annual Catholic Men’s Conference March 28, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor 1. Msgr. C. Eugene Morris from the Archdiocese of St. Louis addresses the audience gathered at St. John’s University March 15 for the conference, which was sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family…

Diocesan budget reviewed by presbyteral council

March 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In its first meeting with Bishop Donald Kettler, the presbyteral council, which consists of priest representatives, reviewed the upcoming diocesan budget, elected officers, discussed new liturgy guidelines and proposed a different lens for looking at ministry. The 2014-15 budget for the curia offices of the St. Cloud Diocese…