Pastoral Visits with Bishop Neary for each of the 29 ACCs in the Diocese of Saint Cloud will take place November 2023 through July 2024. Three or four ACCs will each take turns once a month coming to St. Mary’s Cathedral. A team of up to ten people, not including clergy, representing each parish in the ACC are invited to come for the day to share about their ACC and to listen and learn from other’s ACC. The goals for the pastoral visits are:

  • To build bridges for a thriving mission across parishes in an ACC.
  • To develop ACCs as learning communities.
  • To offer radical hospitality to nurture relationships between Bishop Neary, the diocesan staff and ACC pastoral leadership.

Agenda for Day

9:30 a.m.      Gathering, beverages and pastries
10:00 a.m.    Welcome by Bishop Neary
10:30 a.m.    Developing a Thriving Mission – Barbara Sutton
11:00 a.m.    Celebration of the Eucharist – lower church
12:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m.      Each ACC makes a presentation (15-20 minutes for each ACC)
3:10 p.m.      Summative Learning
4:00 p.m.      Closing Remarks and Blessing – Bishop Neary

These pastoral visits are co-sponsored by the Planning Office of the Diocese of Saint Cloud and the Bridge Builders for a Thriving Mission Initiative funded through the Lily Foundation.

Below are the Area Catholic Communities and the churches designated to each ACC by town. View the pastoral visit summaries that follow each ACC.

November 29

Harvest of Hope Catholic Community Albany, Avon, St. Anthony, St. Martin

Northern Cross Area Catholic Community Butler, Dent, Perham, Rush Lake

One in Faith Catholic Community Freeport, Greenwald, Meire Grove, Melrose, New Munich, Spring Hill, St. Rosa

December 20

Benedictine Catholic Communities of St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph Collegeville, St. Joseph

Christ Our Hope Area Catholic Community Eden Valley, Lake Henry, Roscoe, Paynesville, (Watkins)

One in Christ Area Catholic Community Mayhew Lake, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Stephen

January 17

Isanti Area Catholic Community Braham, Cambridge, Isanti

Parishes on the Prairie Area Catholic Community Belgrade, Brooten, Elrosa, Sauk Centre, West Union

WOHVn in Faith Catholic Community Hillman, Onamia, Wahkon, Vineland

February 28

Centered on Christ Area Catholic Community Cold Spring, Jacobs Prairie, Richmond, Rockville

Come to the Water Area Catholic Community Alexandria, Belle River, Osakis

Four Pillars in Faith Area Catholic Community Foreston, Milaca, Mora, Ogilvie

March 20

Foley Area Catholic Commuity Brennyville, Clear Lake, Duelm, Foley, Gilman, Minden Twp, Morrill

Haven of Mercy Area Catholic Community Belle Prairie, Flensburg, Little Falls, Randall, Sobieski

Together as One Area Catholic Community St. Cloud St. Michael’s, St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s, and Waite Park

April 17

All Called to Christ Area Catholic Community St. Cloud Christ Church Newman Center, Holy Spirit, St. Anthony, St. Augustine, St. John Cantius, St. Mary Cathedral

Red River Valley Breckenridge, Kent, Tintah

Sacred Saints by the Lake Area Catholic Community Glenwood, Lake Reno, Villard

May 15

COR Elbow Lake, Herman, Kensington

Fr. Francis Xavier Pierz Buckman, Harding, Lastrup, Pierz

Mary and the Saints Area Catholic Community Elmdale, Holdingford, St. Anna, St. Francis, St. Wendel, Upsala

Pelican Valley Catholic Community Elizabeth, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids

June 19

Disciples of the Mission Area Catholic Community Battle Lake, Brandon, Henning, Maine, Millerville, Parkers Prairie, Urbank

Five Star Area Catholic Community Browerville, Clarissa, Grey Eagle, Long Prairie, Swanville

Holy Saints Catholic Community Kimball, Luxemburg, Pearl Lake, St. Augusta, St. Nicholas

Sherburne Area Catholic Community Becker/Big Lake, Elk River, Princeton/Zimmerman

July 24

Cross Rocks Catholic Community Bowlus, North Prairie, Opole, Rice, Royalton

MAA Area Catholic Community Browns Valley, Chokio, Morris, Wheaton

Mary Mother of the Church Area Catholic Community Bertha, Blue Grass, Bluffton, Menahga, Motley, Staples, Verndale, Wadena