Coghlan to retire — diocese’s first woman and lay chancellor

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Catherine “Cate” Coghlan, the first woman and first lay person to serve as chancellor for the St. Cloud Diocese, will retire Sept. 30. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked for Bishop [John] Kinney in two different venues, and for his acceptance of women’s roles in the…

Franciscan volunteers and Latina leader serve others

World Mission Sunday, a great chance to connect with, pray for and support the many mission efforts of the Catholic Church world-wide, is coming up Oct. 20. Please pray and give generously. Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Kaitlin Depuydt The Franciscan Community Volunteer program is now in its fifth program year in St. Cloud. As a sponsored…

Catholic women celebrate DCCW’s 60 years of service

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor “Ordinary women doing extraordinary things” — that’s how Arleen Roelike, past president of the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, described the 60-year history of the organization. More than 130 members and supporters of the St. Cloud DCCW gathered at St. Wendelin Church in…

Lake Wobegon Trail to be site for Oct. 13 Pilgrimage for Life

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully With fall colors approaching, the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family is encouraging walkers and bicyclists to venture to the Lake Wobegon Trail to show their support for life. The office is hosting a Pilgrimage for Life Oct. 13 on the trail. The pilgrimage is open for people…

No choice but to deal with global realities, speaker says

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Lynette Thelen As part of a global church, parishes in the St. Cloud Diocese should have some connection toward the global reality, Victor Valenzuela said. Large, diverse cultural groups in our parish means growth for our parish. To address the cultural needs of our parishes today Catholic parishes need to…

What’s the new bishop like?

Those who worked side by side with Bishop Kettler in both Fairbanks and Sioux Falls attest to his commitment, compassion and collaborative style Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala “Bishop Don was able to sustain people’s faith and parish life in the face of daunting pressures,” Robert Hannon, chancellor for the Diocese of Fairbanks, said of…

Bishop Kettler takes opportunity to preside at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Lynette Thelen Bishop Donald Kettler took the opportunity to preside and to preach at the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral Sept. 21, joining Father Tony Oelrich, rector at the cathedral. Bishop Kettler shared a bit of his history: He was born in Minneapolis in 1944, grew up in…

Diocesan leaders say they like what they see in new ordinary

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Bishop Donald Kettler may have only been in St. Cloud for a few days following the announcement that he will be the diocese’s next ordinary, but he has already left positive impressions on diocesan leaders. “With Pope Francis and Bishop Kettler, there is a joyful movement in the…

Bishop Donald Kettler: An interview with The Visitor

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully and Bob Zyskowski The divided Catholic Church of the 21st century will come together, Bishop Donald Kettler said, when Catholics “focus on what we’re trying to do and what we’re about.” The bishop-elect of the Diocese of St. Cloud said that rather than focus on particular differences in…