4 New Priests

Categories: Around the Diocese

June 21 marked a special day in the St. Cloud Diocese as Mitchell Bechtold, Timothy Gapinski, Aaron Nett and Jeremy Theis were ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler presided and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney was a concelebrant. The newly ordained began serving as parochial vicars July 1. Father Bechtold is serving in the parishes in Greenwald, Meire Grove, Melrose and Spring Hill. Father Gapinski is serving Holy Spirit, St. Anthony and St. John Cantius parishes in St. Cloud. Father Nett is the parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Augustine Parish and Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud. Father Theis is serving at the parishes in Sauk Centre and West Union.

Visitor photos by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully


As part of the ordination ritual, Bishop Donald Kettler anoints with sacred chrism the hands of Father Timothy Gapinski.


In the photo, (from left) Deacons Jeremy Theis, Aaron Nett, Timothy Gapinski and Mitchell Bechtold pray during their ordination Mass.


Above, the deacons lay prostrate on the floor of the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud for the Litany of Supplication.



Bishop Donald Kettler and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney lay hands on Bechtold and Gapinski.


Above, After being ordained, Father Mitchell Bechtold blesses a woman.



Fellow priests welcome Fathers Bechtold and Gapinski into ministry at the sign of peace.