Bishop Donald Kettler officially seated in cathedra

Categories: Around the Diocese

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

Under the observance of more than 20 bishops, hundreds of priests and numerous deacons and lay people, Bishop Donald Kettler was officially seated at the cathedra, the bishop’s chair, Nov. 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

installationpicBishop Kettler was led to the cathedra after he verbally accepted the apostolic mandate that appointed him to the St. Cloud Diocese and released him from his duties of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. The apostolic mandate was read by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who is Pope Francis’ personal representative to the United States.

Once seated, the bishop received the crosier, which is a staff resembling a shepherd’s crook and symbolizes his role as shepherd. The assembly then read a prayer for the new bishop and Mass proceeded with Bishop Kettler as the presider.

Bishop Kettler, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, was born in Minneapolis and raised in Sioux Falls, S.D. He graduated from Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia and St. John’s University and Seminary in Collegeville and was ordained a priest for the Sioux Falls Diocese in 1970. He served in the Sioux Falls Diocese until 2002 when he was appointed the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Fairbanks.