Mary and Elizabeth Group (MEG) Retreat a Success


Deacon Wives Prayer submitted by Kathy McFadden

Dearest Mary,

Mother of our Redeemer, wife of Saintly Joseph,

and friend of the followers of Jesus,

reveal to us the living example you were to the apostles and disciples

that we may care lovingly for each other as wives of Deacons

and better support our husbands in their ministries.

With faith in your intercession,

we pray for the Church, for our Diocesan Bishop, Priests, Deacons,

Deacon Candidates, and fellow wives

that we may better serve the people of our parishes and communities

with fidelity and love.

We pray through Jesus Christ and our consoling Holy Spirit. Amen

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Annual Clergy Conference

The Annual Clergy Conference for Priests and Deacons will be held at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria from Sunday, October 2nd thru Wednesday, October 5th. Registration information is being sent from the Chancery.

Three New Aspirants Approved By Bishop Kettler

Bishop Donald Kettler has accepted three individuals as Aspirants in the Deacon Formation Program of the Diocese of St. Cloud.  They are:  Vincent Charles from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Isanti; Pat Connelly from Our Lady of Victory in Fergus Falls and Mark Donlin from St. Paul’s parish in St. Cloud.  Please welcome them and pray for them as they continue their discernment and formation!

Deacons Attend Annual Retreat

Twenty-eight deacons from the diocese of St. Cloud attended the annual Men’s Retreat at the Abbey of the Hills Retreat Center in Marvin, SD from June 23-26.  Fr. Tom Hillenbrand, the former Abbot of the Abbey was the retreat master.  His focus was on the importance of silence in one’s prayer life.  In additions to prayer, worship and reflection, the deacons enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of one another during the “non-silent” times.

September Birthdays!

The following members of the diaconate community  have birthdays in September:

Nancy Nord  Sept 4

Elizabeth Kosiba Sept 5

June Scherping Sept 6

Dcn Greg Steele Sept 9

Dcn. Bruce Geyer Sept 17

Colleen Schwartzbauer Sept 23

Dcn. Randy Altstadt Sept 26