We are all citizens of a Global Village!

We are part of a global family and are called to know our brothers and sisters from every corner of the world. And, contrary to popular belief, mission means not only going out, but also allowing others to come to us. There are many wonderful people connected to our diocese who have answered the call to mission.

We recognize that ALL Baptized Catholics are called to mission, and that each one of us is asked to be a missioner, through prayer, learning, sacrifice and relationship-building.  We also recognize that many of us do mission in our own back yard at times; but we also recognize that some are called to mission in a special way – those who answer the call to follow Christ’s example by leaving their home and comfort zones to be in relationship with brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.

missioners_wallMissioners from St. Cloud Diocese

Our Mission Office is always trying to stay in contact with those from our diocese who are living and ministering in various ways throughout the world. Currently we are aware of over 30 individuals serving in mission long-term. These individuals are priests, religious from various Religious Communities, and laity. They are young and old. They are new to mission, and have been in mission for over 40 years. Anyone can be called to serve!

Here are some of the beautiful servants of Christ, who have answered the call to live in solidarity and build relationships through their mission spirit and presence abroad:



  1. Bro. Sylvester Kinney, OSB
  2. Sr. Isabelle Berrones Morales, OSF
  3. Sr. Mary Dumonceaux, OSF
  4. Sr. Janice Weichman, OSF
  5. Sr. Angeline Mayers, OSF
  6. Sr. Aurora Tovar Rodriguez, OSF


  1. Monica Rudawski



  1. Fr. John Schwieters, OFM


  1. Bro. Lawrence Kenning, MM


  1. Fr. Linus Doerner, OCSO
  2. Fr. Richard Gans, OCSO


  1. Fr. Dan Ohmann, MM
  2. Liz Mach, MKLM (not from our diocese, but connected to us through friendship)


  1. Fr. Fred Timp, SVD


  1. Bro. Loren Beaudry, MM (previously served in Kenya also)


  1. benedictinesBro. Makoto Paul Makato Tada, OSB
  2. Fr. Thomas Wahl, OSB
  3. Fr. Tony Gorman, OSB
  4. Bro. Liting John Chrysostom Long, OSB
  5. Prior Fr. Roma Paur, OSB


  1. Fr. Shaun Crumb, MM


  1. Fr. Myron Effing
  2. mccahillFr. Mike Shields


  1. Bro. Nicholas Thielman, CSC
  2. Fr. Bob McCahill, MM (not from our diocese, but connected to us through friendship)

We also have several young men from St. John’s University serving in half a dozen different countries around the world, through the Benedictine Volunteer Corps.  As well as those in mission to us as Franciscan Community Volunteers in St. Cloud.  


We apologize if we have missed any long-term missioners from our Diocese. Please contact the Mission Office if you are aware of family, friends or parishioners who are, or if you yourself are, currently engaging in mission abroad.


We see these missioners as bridges – between their home diocese of St. Cloud and their current areas of the globe. We therefore encourage them to share their stories – in writing and by speaking when they are home visiting. We also encourage you to listen to their stories, find out more about the work they are doing and the people they live among, and to support them as you are able. If you are interested in getting in contact with one of these missioners, or if you are interested in supporting the work they are doing, please contact the Mission Office.

View a list of our Missioners and global connections that you can “adopt” through letters and prayers, maintaining that bridge between their home diocese and their current place of mission.


Missioners from afar in mission to us

Currently the Mission Office is aware of seven missioners from our partner dioceses or other communities around the world who are living and serving long-term in our Diocese of St. Cloud, in addition to a group of fantastic 1-year long volunteers from throughout the US who serve in the St. Cloud area.

Those wonderful people who have come to share their faith and gifts with us include:

  1. Fr. Jose Edayadiyil, VC -from India
  2. Fr. Jimmy Joseph, VC – from India
  3. Fr. George Michael, VC – from India
  4. Fr. John Odero – from Homa Bay, Kenya
  5. Fr. Tom Mboya – from Homa Bay, Kenya
  6. Fr. Oswaldo Roche – from Maracay, Venezuela
  7. Father Zawadi Kambale Sambya, OSC – from Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Fr. Nana Sujana, OSC – from Indonesia
  9. Coromoto Gonzalez – from Venezuela
  10. Franciscan Community Volunteers

bracamonte_baptismMany of these missioners are doing ministry in our parishes throughout the dicoese. You simply need to contact their parishes to be in touch with them. However, if you are not sure which parish they are ministering in, or you have other questions about how you can meet these great missioners, contact the Mission Office.

We also strongly encourage your school, parish, group, faith formation program, youth group or family to invite these missioners to speak about mission, global solidarity and their culture. They have wonderful gifts to share! To invite a missioner, or other member of the Mission Office Speakers Bureau contact Katy at the Mission Office. Or check out our Mission Education page for more ideas on how to bring mission to your group or community.

Past missioners here

Throughout the years a number of other missioners have served in our diocese, but since returned. Those whose presence we have been blessed with in the past include:

  1. Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in Kenya
  2. Homa Bay Missioners from Kenya
  3. Maracay Missioners from Venezuela
  4. Fr. Thomas Assenga from Zanzibar, Tanzania
  5. Fr. Mansuetus Setonga from Same, Tanzania
  6. Priests, Sisters and Brothers on sabbatical at St. John’s School of Theology*Seminary


kristel_hondurasNotable & Legendary Missioners

In addition to the missioners from our diocese currently serving oversees and those from abroad serving us here, there are many notable returned missioners from our diocese that we can’t overlook. Although they are no longer serving in mission abroad, they do continue to serve the Church and mission in many ways. And still others have become legends for the great missionary witness they have provided to us and to the wider Catholic community through their life. We can’t afford to forget any of our St. Cloud missioners, and we continue to count among those doing mission those who have returned.

Below is a list of many of the returned long-term missioners from our diocese:

  1. Sr. Rose Mae Rausch, OSF – Mexico
  2. Sr. Anita Jennissen, OSF – Mexico & Kenya
  3. Sr. Karen Niedzielski, OSF – Kenya
  4. Kristel Pesta – Honduras
  5. Rafael Harrington – Honduras (recently returned to mission, this time in Peru)
  6. Krista Popp – Honduras
  7. Jessica Witt – Guatemala
  8. Rosanne Fischer – Nicaragua
  9. Fr. Robert Rossi, OSC – Brazil
  10. Fr. Thomas Enneking, OSC – Brazil
  11. Fr. Bill Vos – Tanzania
  12. Fr. Herb Gappa, MM – Tanzania
  13. Mary Lauer, MKLM – Tanzania
  14. Meghan Merrinan – Tanzania
  15. Marty Roers – Sudan
  16. Jerry Hansen – Tanzania
  17. Sr. Francetta Kunkel – Ghana
  18. Fr. Ernie Martello, OSC – Democratic Republic of Congo
  19. Fr. Greg Poser, OSC – Papua, Indonesia
  20. Fr. Cyprian Weaver, OSB – Taiwan
  21. Fr. Geore Wolf, OSB – Bahamas
  22. Fr. Fintan Bromenshenkel, OSB – Bahamas
  23. Fr. Neal Lawrence, OSB – Japan
  24. Bro. Anselmo Karasawa, OSB – Japan
  25. Fr. Kieran Nolan, OSB – Japan
  26. Sr. Loretta Denfeld, OSF – Mexico
  27. Emily (Lidbeck) Harrington – Peru
  28. various Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls – Venezuela
  29. various diocesan priests – Venezuela
  30. Sr. Pat Forster, OSF
  31. Sr. Mary Hroscikoski, OSF
  32. Sr. Joan Gerads, OSF


kaiser_zebraSome of the wonderful men and women who answered the call to mission have now gone before us. Some even answered the call to be a Martyr for the faith. We miss them, yet are greatful for the wonderful witness they have been and continue to be! Rest in peace…

  1. Fr. John Anthony Kaiser, MHM (in Kenya), killed in 2000
  2. Fr. James Minette (in Maracay, Venezuela), passed away in 2004
  3. Fr. Norbert Shadeg, SVD (in Bali, Indonesia), passed away in 2006
  4. Fr. Dave Gallus, OSC (in Papua, Indonesia), passed away in 2012
  5. Bishop Alphonse Sowada, OSC (in Papua, Indonesia), passed away January 2014
  6. Fr. Rich Walz (in Venezuela), passed away in 2014
  7. Fr. Teddy Niehaus, OFM Cap (in Nicaragua), passed away in 2014