In others’ words . . .

Categories: Around the Diocese

“Between our two dioceses — St. Cloud and Maracay in Venezuela — there is a large and nice partnership. I am very grateful to Bishop Kinney for his gentility and brotherly behavior.”
— Bishop Rafael Conde, Bishop of Maracay, Venezuela

“As I traveled with Bishop Kinney in Maracay and participated in Spanish Masses with him with the Hispanic community in this diocese, I was uplifted and proud that he took the time to work on his Spanish. His desire to speak to people in their own language went a long way to strengthen our diocesan partnership and the faith of the people here in St. Cloud. The people always responded to his warm embrace of their language and culture and his humility in stepping up to do what was needed to be a good shepherd.”
— Kathy Peterson, St. Joseph Parish, Waite Park

“Because of Bishop Kinney, I was introduced to and understood what a sister diocese meant. Now I see the fruits of many sister parishes to Third World countries throughout the Diocese of St. Cloud. For me, the world became smaller and my personal world became much larger because of coming to meet and know many more of my brothers and sisters in Christ.”
— Father Mark Stang, pastor of the Belgrade, Brooten and Elrosa parish cluster

“Thanks, Bishop Kinney, for your patience and inspiration as we worked to set up the partnership with Homa Bay.”
— Rosie Spanier, Harvest for Hope board

“Though I have only been in the Mission Office for four years under your leadership, I have been honored and humbled to minister alongside you as youth minister for the diocese, as well as serving at the eucharistic table for diocesan liturgies since your installation. Bishop Kinney, you are a blessing to our local church, our global church and to the ministry of our office. Thank you for your unending wisdom, love and support. Blessings to you as you begin this new journey in your life.”
— Elizabeth Neville, director of the diocesan Mission Office

“The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls give thanks to Bishop Kinney for introducing us and supporting our Franciscan partnership with the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph from Assumbi, Kenya. We treasure that relationship.”
— Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls

“I want to thank Bishop Kinney for his support of the education delegation to Brazil in 2011. It was an experience that I will always remember. I am a better principal for having had this opportunity. It helped me to more truly understand the Catholic social teaching of solidarity. Thank you, Bishop Kinney, for your leadership in and encouragement for Catholic education in our diocesan schools.”
— Linda Johnson, St. Mary School, Breckenridge

“At the send-off Mass for our delegation to Homa Bay in 2002, Bishop Kinney’s message to our families and friends was, ‘We, the delegation of the St. Cloud Diocese, are going to Homa Bay to be church to one another.’ “
— Rita Revermann, past delegate to Homa Bay, Kenya