Priest serving as Air Force chaplain named bishop of Fairbanks, Alaska

The Visitor Pope Francis has named Father Chad Zielinski, a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord, Mich., as the bishop of Fairbanks, Alaska. Bishop-elect Zielinski is currently serving in the Archdiocese for the Military Services at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. He succeeds Bishop Donald Kettler, who was appointed bishop of St. Cloud on…

Alaska to appeal ruling that invalidates its ban on same-sex marriage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNS) — Alaska will appeal a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess that invalidates the state’s constitutional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. “As Alaska’s governor, I have a duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution,” Gov. Sean Parnell said in…

Bishop Kettler impressed Alaskans

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bill Vossler For The Visitor During his 11-year bishopric in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bishop Donald Kettler impressed Alaskans in many ways. One was by journeying out to remote villages in the 400,000 square mile diocese, said Robert Hannon, chancellor of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. “Traveling in small aircraft and snow…

Facts, figures and fun

When Bishop Donald Kettler first arrived in Alaska in 2002, he may have been called “cheechako,” or newcomer. Here is a comparison of facts and figures between his current assignment in the Diocese of Fairbanks and those in the Diocese of St Cloud, where he will serve after his Nov. 7 installation as bishop of…

Family, friends illustrate new bishop’s leadership style

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor What kind of leader is the bishop-elect of the St. Cloud Diocese? Bishop Donald Kettler’s family and friends provide insight as to what may be in store for central Minnesota under his guidance. Anchorage Oblate of the Mary Immaculate Archbishop Roger Schweitz, also a native…