Local mission groups strive to meet needs near and far

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Parish mission groups are making a difference around the world — whether it’s helping families in need in their own communities, or sending supplies around the state to places like the Red Lake and White Earth reservations, or reaching across borders into countries like Nicaragua, Haiti, Kenya and Uganda. More…

Fair trade coffee, other goods offer living wage to producers

By Nikki Rajala The Visitor When visitors walk through the front door of the St. Cloud Mission Office, they are greeted not only by the friendly face of its office manager, Lora Knafla, but also with the sights and smells of fair trade goods like coffee, chocolate and handcrafted items, often made from unique materials…

World Mission Sunday: If I Were

If I Were If I were quite small, The size of a gentle gesture, The height of a look of love, Perhaps I might find the hidden doorway to your heart. If I were quite spacious, probing the limits of thought, Imagining infinity’s end, Perhaps I might grip the spaciousness of your heart. If I…

World Mission Sunday: Missioners describe life in the field

Oct. 11, 2013, edition In Tanzania Maryknoll Father Daniel Ohmann, native of Greenwald “I spend my time with the Watatulu tribe. The Watatulu are a group of cattle people that has migrated up the Nile River over the centuries. It seems from present Iraq and Iran, perhaps around Abraham’s time. It also seems they must have…

World Mission Sunday: Doing good on earth

Oct. 11, 2013, edition Divine Word Father Fred Timp thinks the theme for this year’s World Mission Sunday celebration — “Do good on earth” — is excellent. “It is certainly what missionaries around the world are trying to do,” said the missioner to Ghana, Africa, who is originally from Freeport. “Proclaiming the word of God…

World Mission Sunday: Do Good on Earth

Oct. 11, 2013, edition We are all missionaries Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of Oct. 19-20. The message for this year is “Do Good on Earth,” taken from the words of St. Therese of Lisieux, the patroness of the missions. It is a call to…

You can help me try to bring peace to Nairobi slums

‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ Sept. 13, 2013, edition By James K. Kimeu In July 2012, armed with a St. John’s University undergraduate degree in political science, a St. Cloud State University master’s degree in social responsibility (Justice) and a Minnesotan accent, I joined Caritas Nairobi — the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya, in their peace…