Flock seeks strong, faithful collaborator

Categories: Around the Diocese

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 reform, lay ministry and life-long faith formation. Faithful across the diocese look forward to strong spiritual leadership from an open and accessible bishop. Here are excerpts of their comments:


Mary Peeters of Butler prays during Bishop Donald Kettler’s installation Mass Nov. 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Photo by Paul Middlestaedt / For The Visitor

— Mick Froslee, St. Edward Parish, Henning

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“One of the first places Bishop Kettler visited was Cathedral School. That shows a strong commitment to Catholic education. I also hope he becomes very attuned and comfortable with laity in the diocese. We have a tradition of accessible and approachable bishops and it seems like Bishop Kettler will be as well.”

— Peter Donohue, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud

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“I hope Bishop Kettler will help integrate Latino and Caucasian communities and lead all Catholics in seeing comprehensive immigration reform as a social justice issue. I would also like to see the greater community celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

— Edith Hernandez-Fussy, St. Joseph Parish, Waite Park

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“As we struggle with a lack of priests, I hope Bishop Kettler will help us keep parishes vibrant and keep people coming to church. There’s lots of mission work to be done in our own diocese.”

— Geri Moscho, St. Martin Parish, St. Martin

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“I would like to see Bishop Kettler focus on cultivating Catholicism. I hope he inspires us in faith and inspires his priests to go out and evangelize.” 

— Sandy Koenig, parish secretary, Randall, Flensburg and Sobieski parish cluster

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St. Mary’s Cathedral was filled as clergy, laity and religious were present Nov. 7 to witness Bishop Kettler being seated as the new bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Photo by Paul Middlestaedt / For The Visitor

— Jim and Marilyn Sutton, Sacred Heart Parish, Sauk Rapids

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“I want to meet him and shake his hand. I think he will do a good job.” 

— Dylan Bakken, age 9, St. Mary School, Breckenridge 

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“As a lay person going into ministry, I want to know the new bishop has respect for lay ecclesial ministry and that he will offer funding and general support.”

— Rebecca Spanier, student, St. John’s School of Theology/Seminary, Collegeville

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“I went to Homa Bay with Bishop Kinney in 2002. I hope to get to know this new bishop as well I as know Bishop Kinney and I hope Bishop Kettler carries on the mission efforts that Bishop Kinney started.”

— Rita Revermann, Immaculate Conception Parish, New Munich

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“I hope Bishop Kettler spends time building relationships across the diocese with parishes, schools, hospitals — all of the ways we minister.”

— Ben Caduff, Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud

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“I have a sense of hope and joy. I want Bishop Kettler to bring hope, enthusiasm and renewal.”

— Craig Stich, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Battle Lake

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“Bishop Kettler strikes me as a humble shepherd and a wonderful role model for the young. He brings vibrancy and warmth to the diocese.”

— Doris Theisen-Salzl, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud