Celebration aims for solidarity with Hispanic community

Compassionate immigration reform to be the focus of Dec. 15 events; Bishop Kettler to preside at Mass for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. John’s Abbey Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Carol Jessen-Klixbull The Catholic community of the St. Cloud Diocese will come together in prayer and communion to support its Hispanic brothers and sisters…

KSMQ to air documentary on war crimes typist from St. Joseph

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Amongst his family and friends Nov. 16, Larry Tillemans, long-time member of St. Joseph Parish in St. Joseph, thanked producers for making his documentary possible. Applause sounded throughout the community room at the senior living facility in Sartell where the group had gathered to see the first viewing…

Helping the helpers

Collection weekend of Dec. 7-8 aids retired men and women religious Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Since the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls founded St. Gabriel’s Hospital in 1891, they have started, managed and staffed numerous health care facilities in Minnesota and in other states in the Midwest. Today, the tables are turning….

The bishops of St. Cloud

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor When the Diocese of St. Cloud was established in 1889, central Minnesota was still considered part of America’s western frontier. Forest and prairie dominated the landscape. Bears and coyotes outnumbered people. Existing roads were more like trails and impassable most of the year. One prelate,…

Sioux Falls church recalls Bishop Kettler as ‘real deal’

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bill Vossler For The Visitor “There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how good Bishop [Donald] Kettler is,” said Donna Cannon of the Communications Office of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D. As producer for their TV Mass, she worked with him from 1990 until he was named bishop in 2002….

Bishop Kettler impressed Alaskans

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bill Vossler For The Visitor During his 11-year bishopric in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bishop Donald Kettler impressed Alaskans in many ways. One was by journeying out to remote villages in the 400,000 square mile diocese, said Robert Hannon, chancellor of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. “Traveling in small aircraft and snow…

Blessed with a new bishop

Nov. 15, 2013, edition The following photos were taken by Paul Middlestaedt for The Visitor Acolyte Gabriel Walz swings the censer down the center aisle of St. Mary’s Cathedral as he leads the procession beginning the Nov. 7 installation Mass in which Bishop Kettler became the bishop of St. Cloud. Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska,…

Flock seeks strong, faithful collaborator

Nov. 15, 2013, editon By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor Expectations are high, but the people of the St. Cloud Diocese are confident Bishop Donald Kettler will serve them well. Speaking with The Visitor, several who attended his installation Mass shared their hopes for the diocese’s future, covering a wide range of topics including immigration…

About the vestments

Prelates and deacons in significant roles wore the six new vestments that were sewn for the installation and future celebrations by Candice Koopmeiners of St. Francis Xavier in Sartell, in consultation with Tildy Ellis, of St. Boniface in Cold Spring. The vestments coordinate with the existing chasubles and dalmatics that were sewn for the millennium…

Religious leaders from far and near admire new bishop

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor “Give him back!” joked Bishop Edward Burns, bishop of Juneau, Alaska, who traveled over 2,500 miles to attend the installation of his friend and colleague, Bishop Donald Kettler. “The people of the St. Cloud Diocese are so blessed to have Bishop Kettler coming their way,”…