Bishop Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud

Bishop Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In good times and bad times, Bishop Donald Kettler hopes to be walking beside the people of the St. Cloud Diocese. “There are ruts in the road and sometimes difficult — bitter even — weather, but the Spirit is with us,”…

Bishop Kinney lauded with standing ovation

Nov. 15, 2013, edition Retiring Bishop John Kinney receives a standing ovation, led by his brother bishops at the Nov. 6 vespers service welcoming Bishop Donald Kettler. Well-wishers greet Bishop Kinney after vespers. Bishop Kinney participates in the installation of Bishop Kettler Nov. 7. Photos by Dianne Towalski and Paul Middlestaedt

Francis, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God

Nov. 15, 2013, edition To Our Venerable Brother Donald Joseph Kettler, until now Bishop of Fairbanks, transferred to the Diocese of Saint Cloud, greetings and Apostolic Blessing. In the central region of Minnesota, “the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” there stretches a Diocese, through which flows the Mississippi River and which, owing to the resignation of…

How a bishop is chosen

Nov. 15, 2013, edition On Sept. 20, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, to be the ninth bishop of St. Cloud. Bishop John Kinney’s retirement, tendered in June of 2012, was accepted by Pope Francis at the same time. Bishop Kinney continued as the leader of the St. Cloud…

‘I am blessed to be here’

Diocese welcomes Bishop Kettler first at vespers service Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski Five thumps on the huge wooden doors of St. Mary’s Cathedral Nov. 6 signaled the arrival of Bishop Donald J. Kettler to become the new leader of the more than 160,000 Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The packed downtown St….

Cemetery of Innocents

The St. Cloud State University for Life group placed 3,200 flags Oct. 21 on a hill on campus. The flags represented the lives lost to abortion every day in the United States. The group held a prayer service that evening. Pictured here, Michael Retka, member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Little Falls and…

Senior High Youth Rally

“Amazing Grace’ resonates through activities at Senior High Youth Rally More than 460 people, youth and chaperones, celebrated their Catholic faith at the 25th annual Senior High Youth Rally, “S.W.A.G.: Saved With Amazing Grace,” Oct. 27 at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Among the rally highlights were the presentation of two youth ministry awards. The…

Two men to take steps toward diaconate ordination

Hans Michael “Mick” Froslee, a member of St. Edward Parish in Henning, will be installed as a candidate, and Michael Louis Benda, a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, will be installed as a reader, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 St. Mary’s Cathedral crypt in St. Cloud. There are three steps men complete before ordination to the permanent diaconate. They are…

Central Minnesota TEC boasts highest participation in U.S.

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully On a whim, Stephanie Loecken decided to sign up for a Together Encountering Christ weekend in Belle Prairie. When she arrived, she was nervous. She confided in her friend who was also participating and preferred individual projects to group activities. As the weekend progressed, however, she grew close to the others attending and…

Syrian refugees share untold stories of civil war

Field correspondent for Catholic Relief Services passes on tragic reports at stops in the diocese Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In countries bordering Syria, women tugged at Caroline Brennan’s sleeve, pleading with her to listen to their stories. Their stories, the strife, struggles and reality of women refugees fleeing unrest in Syria, are often missing in…