October 6, 2014

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Visiting with the Street Children

This afternoon, I went to the Kitui Diocese’s Saint John Eudes Rehabilitation Centre for street children on the outskirts of Kitui Town.

Sister Lucia, one of the many young African religious sisters we have met in Kitui had invited me and some of the other Minnesota delegates to see this concrete block building where she is working miracles.

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October 6, 2014

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Kitui, Kenya Partnership: A Day at St. John Paul II Institute for the Deaf and the Blind

Today we visited the Kitui Diocese’s St. John Paul II Institute for the Deaf and the Blind. I was very excited to see the place and visit with the Principal, Joyce Mutwii. My family, and my parish, the Church of St. Joseph, Red Wing, had hosted Joyce two years ago when she visited Minnesota with the Kitui Delegation. Joyce and I have corresponded by e-mail over these two years and I was very eager to see her again.

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October 3, 2014

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Voyaguer life comes alive for young readers

Learning about the lifestyles and traditions of the voyageurs is made easy in an interesting work of historical fiction for young readers.

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October 3, 2014

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Into The Bush

The “first wave” of delegates from the archdiocese arrived in Kenya on the evening of October 1, the feast day of St. Therese, the patroness of mission. The team was enthusiastically met at the Nairobi airport by the receiving committee of our partnering Diocese of Kitui:  Fr. Robert Mutui, the vicar general of the Diocese of […]

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October 2, 2014

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Breuer and the Benedictines build a church

How Marcel Breuer and the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville collaborated to design and build the iconic church that set the worldwide standard for a church for the new Catholic liturgy in the mid-20th century.

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September 29, 2014

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Kitui, Kenya Send-Off Mass

On Saturday, September 27th, a special send-off Mass was held for the solidarity partnership delegation traveling to Kitui, Kenya and their relatives. It was a wonderfully inspiring Mass which was led by Archbishop Nienstedt who will be with the group leaving October 5 for Kenya.  The Mass included a special send-off prayer and the presentation […]

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September 29, 2014

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Enjoying the weather!

I got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather over the weekend, with trap shooting on Saturday and deer scouting on Sunday.

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September 25, 2014

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Deer hunting in Europe

My son Joe sent me an interesting video about deer hunting in Europe.

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September 25, 2014

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Connecting St. Francis with Pope Francis

The spiritual vision of Francis of Assisi from eight centuries ago is already familiar to anyone paying attention to Pope Francis and the changing atmosphere in the Catholic Church today.

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September 24, 2014

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The Delegation Trip to Kitui, Kenya Begins

In 2004, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined with the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya in a solidarity partnership that focuses on the mutual sharing of faith, relationship and resources. Since 2004, there have been three delegation visits to Kitui and three visits to our Archdiocese from Kitui.  These have been life changing and […]

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