Lucky us, we can get — and keep handy — pope’s words

Oct. 11, 2013, edition Blessed are we who quite often can go to the very source of information, either in print or on the web. Thanks to Johannes Gutenberg and the geniuses who invented the Internet, we fortunate 21st-century Catholics can go beyond the sound bytes of television news reports and deeper than the stories…

Key moments in Bishop Kettler’s life

Key moments in Bishop-elect Kettler’s life Nov. 26, 1944 Born in Minneapolis to Joseph and Marguerite Kettler 1964 Graduated from Crosier Seminary Junior College, Onamia 1970 Graduated from St. John’s University and Seminary, Collegeville May 29, 1970 Ordained to the priesthood for the Sioux Falls Diocese 1970-1979 Served as associate pastor in Aberdeen and Sioux…

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…

Marvelous trait comes with this new bishop

From Becker to Breckenridge, from Waite Park to Wadena, people of the Diocese of St. Cloud are likely to take notice of one characteristic of their soon-to-be bishop: He’s amazingly open and honest. Bishop Donald Kettler answered every question, offered no pat answers, acknowledged times he didn’t do his best and shared his thoughts frankly…

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…