Bishop Kinney lauded with standing ovation

Nov. 15, 2013, edition Retiring Bishop John Kinney receives a standing ovation, led by his brother bishops at the Nov. 6 vespers service welcoming Bishop Donald Kettler. Well-wishers greet Bishop Kinney after vespers. Bishop Kinney participates in the installation of Bishop Kettler Nov. 7. Photos by Dianne Towalski and Paul Middlestaedt

Francis, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God

Nov. 15, 2013, edition To Our Venerable Brother Donald Joseph Kettler, until now Bishop of Fairbanks, transferred to the Diocese of Saint Cloud, greetings and Apostolic Blessing. In the central region of Minnesota, “the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” there stretches a Diocese, through which flows the Mississippi River and which, owing to the resignation of…

How a bishop is chosen

Nov. 15, 2013, edition On Sept. 20, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, to be the ninth bishop of St. Cloud. Bishop John Kinney’s retirement, tendered in June of 2012, was accepted by Pope Francis at the same time. Bishop Kinney continued as the leader of the St. Cloud…

‘I am blessed to be here’

Diocese welcomes Bishop Kettler first at vespers service Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski Five thumps on the huge wooden doors of St. Mary’s Cathedral Nov. 6 signaled the arrival of Bishop Donald J. Kettler to become the new leader of the more than 160,000 Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The packed downtown St….

This is how leadership transitions should happen

Simple acts and well-planned rituals combined to welcome a new bishop, to thank one who has served so well, and define a diocese Nov. 15, 2013, edition The crosier, a shepherd’s crook, wooden, unembellished, passed almost unnoticed from the hands of Bishop John Kinney to Archbishop John Nienstedt to Bishop Donald Kettler. It wasn’t a…

Bishop Donald Kettler officially seated in cathedra

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Under the observance of more than 20 bishops, hundreds of priests and numerous deacons and lay people, Bishop Donald Kettler was officially seated at the cathedra, the bishop’s chair, Nov. 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Bishop Kettler was led to the cathedra after he verbally accepted the apostolic mandate…

Bishop Kettler officially welcomed in vespers service

By Bob Zyskowski Five thumps on the huge wooden doors of St. Mary’s Cathedral Nov. 6 signaled the arrival of Bishop Donald J. Kettler to become the new leader of the more than 160,000 Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The packed downtown St. Cloud church filled with prayer, music, incense and applause from…

What does it take to be a good bishop?

Some thoughts that others felt every bishop should follow Oct. 25, 2013, edition A good pastor, as pastors themselves are wont to repeat, should be constantly out among his parishioners yet always in the rectory when you call. It’s an inside-baseball bit of advice that’s shared with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the kind of…

Plans outlined for bishop’s installation

Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully With Bishop Donald Kettler’s installation less than two weeks away, plans are underway to officially welcome him with two special liturgies. The first is solemn vespers at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The second is the installation Mass at 2 p.m. Nov….