KC Silver Rose Prayer Service set for May 28

May 23, 2014, edition Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. May 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Each year, a silver rose honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried by Knights of Columbus from Canada, through the U.S. and into Mexico to arrive at…

The Resurrection of Jesus — God’s sign and seal

An Easter message April 11, 2014, edition by Bishop Donald Kettler Someone once designed an unusual Easter card, which looked like a Christmas card. The upper half of the card had a picture of a Nativity scene with the shepherds worshiping the newborn baby Jesus. The lower half of the card pictured those same shepherds,…

Bishop Kettler blesses new addition at St. John in Foley

March 28, 2014, edition With St. John’s pastor Father Daniel Walz, assisting, Bishop Donald Kettler dedicates and blesses Emmaus Trinity Center, the new addition to St. John Church in Foley, March 19. The building project, which includes a gathering space, handicapped accessible restrooms, additional classrooms for religious education and storage areas, was completed in January….

Four added to list of clergy likely to have abused minors

March 14, 2014, edition By Bishop Donald J. Kettler As I mentioned in a previous press release, since my appointment as the bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud I have been trying to familiarize myself with the diocese and the records maintained by my predecessor bishops. One purpose in reviewing records was to provide…

About those ‘ruts’ in your life

A Lenten reflection February 28, 2014, edition by Bishop Donald Kettler In the hill country of West Virginia, eventually the blacktop roads run out and they turn into oiled dirt or gravel. Fairly soon even these run out and turn into dirt or mud, deeply rutted and worn by many wheels. At the beginning of…

In Little Falls, a blessing by the bishop

February 28, 2014, edition Bishop Donald Kettler blessed the Little Falls Care Center and Bridgeway Estates Feb. 16 in Little Falls. The care center is a 55-bed skilled nursing facility. Bridgeway Estates is a 42-unit senior apartment and assisted living facility. St. Francis Health Services of Morris, which is under the auspices of the St….

Bishop Kettler calls for voice of the people

New ordinary’s vision of how consultation works shared with pastoral council Jan. 31, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Since his Nov. 7 installation, Bishop Donald Kettler has been acquainting himself with the St. Cloud Diocese and its procedures. At the Jan. 18 meeting of the diocesan pastoral council meeting, he learned how the council functions…

Through our gift, we say ‘THANK YOU’ — and ‘YES’

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am excited that one of my first responsibilities is to ask for your support of our Annual Diocesan Appeal. Your response, and mine, as disciples of the risen Christ, expresses our “thank you” for God’s providence in our lives, and our “yes” to God’s call to care for…

Looking back at 2013

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 After ceremoniously knocking on the…

Bishop releases statement for victims, including list of clergy

From +Donald J. Kettler Bishop of Saint Cloud January 3, 2014 When I became Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, in November 2013, I immediately began connecting with people, familiarizing myself with policies, and reviewing important documents that I am responsible for as Bishop. Part of that process has involved reviewing files regarding claims…