Proceeds from priest’s collection of top columns will benefit Haiti

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Bernie Reiser now has a published book of the best columns he wrote during the three decades he was pastor at Epiphany in Coon Rapids.

“Reiser’s Ramblings” offer his take on everyday topics such as family, kindness, gratitude, prayer, helping others and staying focused on what’s important in life, according to promotions for the $20 book.

All profits from the sale go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief Inc., a volunteer-run non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by Father Reiser, who has been involved with Haiti outreach programs for more than 13 years.

Among the projects Reiser Relief has taken on are a center caring for abandoned women who have no place to live, and a school program that has built classrooms and where children receive a daily meal at school. It has assisted in building and supporting medical community centers and sanitary blocks for sewage and provided support for clinics and small hospitals in Cite Soleil.

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New Malta members

Four parishioners from the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were inducted into the Order of Malta, American Association during a Mass with Archbishop Tim­o­thy Dolan Nov. 12 in New York City, where he is archbishop.

Edward Kocourek and Suzanne Kocourek, both of St. Joseph in West St. Paul; Steven Hawkins of St. John Neumann in Eagan and Michael Stenquist of Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis were among 110 new members invested as Knights and Dames of Magistral Grace. The Order of Malta, founded in 1099 as a lay religious Catholic order, seeks to sanctify members by defending the faith and service to the sick and poor. Read more online at

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