Year in Review

Jan. 3, 2014, edition
Photos by Dianne Towalski
For The Visitor

In the St. Cloud Diocese, it was no ordinary year, as one bishop was wished farewell and a new bishop welcomed

Bishop John Kinney officially retires and Bishop Donald Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud

bishopdonalddoorAfter ceremoniously knocking on the door of St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening of Nov. 6, Bishop Donald Kettler enters the St. Cloud church to be welcomed during a vespers service one day before his installation as the ninth bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese. Greeting him is Deacon Timothy Gapinski, who served as one of the deacons for the vespers and the installation Mass Nov. 7.




bishopkinneylaudedAt the vespers service, a standing ovation — led by his fellow prelates — paid tribute to Bishop John Kinney, who was required to offer his resignation upon reaching the age of 75, which he did in June 2012. Bishop Kinney led the St. Cloud Diocese from 1995 until Bishop Kettler was installed, a period of 18 years.









Bishop Kinney was feted in a special tribute edition of The Visitor in November.