Local bishops remember Bill Clemens

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Catholic philanthropist and St. Cloud entrepreneur Bill Clemens passed away March 2 at the age of 95. Bishop Donald Kettler, who had the opportunity to visit with Clemens several times since arriving in the diocese two and a half years ago, said the two became friends. “He was always warm…

“Here I am Lord” National Catholic Youth conference 2015

NCYC – National Catholic Youth conference Story and photos by Dianne Towalski The Visitor Youth and adult leaders from across the country converged on Indianapolis Nov. 19-21 for the 33rd National Catholic Youth Conference. The theme was “Here I am Lord.” The St. Cloud group, 141 youth and 55 adult leaders, joined the crowd of more…

Building community with faith, food, fellowship

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor People from several faith communities gathered at Lake George Aug. 9 for a picnic organized by Greater St. Cloud Interfaith Leaders, a recently formed group focused on fostering a spirit of welcome and acceptance in the community. “It’s important to me, coming into a new community as I have, to…

Bishop Donald Kettler — Faith, Hope and Love

Making a commitment to be  better stewards of God’s creation We are blessed here in Minnesota with bountiful natural resources — lakes, rivers, forests and farmland that God has given to us and asks us to take care of. In his new encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis reminds us that we are to be good…

Cultures unite for community prayer, celebration at cathedral

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Twelve-year-old Dennise Rodriguez-Aviles dreams of becoming a teacher or social worker to help orphan children. Her parents, immigrants from Mexico, own a small grocery store in Cold Spring where they work long hours to give their three daughters more educational opportunities. The sixth-grader at St. Boniface School in Cold Spring…

Bishop Kettler urges faithful to be ‘instruments of peace’

The Visitor On a day when marchers blocked Interstate 35W in Minneapolis to protest the killing of two black men by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, Bishop Donald Kettler urged worshipers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud to be “instruments of peace” in a world often wracked by fear, anger…

St. Nicholas Church marks 100 years

Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Trish Ludwig of St. Nicholas Parish in St. Nicholas jokes with Bishop Donald Kettler following a Mass July 20 commemorating the anniversary of the parish’s present church building. Ludwig said she remembers seeing the bishop play guitar when he was a priest in South Dakota, where her cousins…

Come Holy Spirit

Confirmation Day at St. Mary’s Cathedral May 23, 2014, edition Photos by Paul Middlestaedt For The Visitor Ian Corrigan of St. Lawrence Parish in Duelm, who took the confirmation name Joseph, stands with his sponsor as he is confirmed, then shares a smile as he is congratulated by Bishop Kettler. Bishop Donald Kettler presides over…

Bishop thanks donors, affirms support for Catholic schools

May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Catholic schools will be a priority for Bishop Donald Kettler. “Catholic schools are our best catechetical and evangelization tools for our younger people,” he told a gathering of about 365 people May 8 at the Breakfast with the Bishop benefit in St. Joseph for the Catholic Schools Scholarship…