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…

Bishop Sowada brought joy of Gospel to people of Agats, to all of us

Crosier Bishop Alphonse Sowada, 80, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Agats, Indonesia, died Jan.11 at the Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia. “Bishop Sowada was, in my estimation,” Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of St. Cloud John Kinney said, “what Pope Francis has written about in his apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel.’ He…

Retirements lead to the appointment of new leaders

Year in Review Jan. 3, 2014, edition Benedictine Sister Nancy Bauer became the new chancellor, upon the Sept. 30 retirement of Catherine “Cate” Coghloan. Curt Hanson became the new director of the diocesan Stewardship and Development Office and executive director of The Catholic Foundation, upon the Aug. 16 retirement of George Sjogren. St. Mary’s Cathedral…

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…

The bishops of St. Cloud

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula For The Visitor When the Diocese of St. Cloud was established in 1889, central Minnesota was still considered part of America’s western frontier. Forest and prairie dominated the landscape. Bears and coyotes outnumbered people. Existing roads were more like trails and impassable most of the year. One prelate,…

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

In gratitude to Bishop John Kinney . . .

Our retiring bishop will be remembered as a strong voice for social justice Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bernie Evans Living with a thankful and hopeful heart — two important marks of a Christian life. We give thanks for what has happened to us through Jesus Christ — that we have been restored to a…

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…

A Shepherd’s Care

Thank you for helping me recognize the Risen Christ all these years My dear friends in Christ, In the retreat I made prior to my 1977 ordination as bishop, my good Jesuit spiritual director guided me in praying the scene in John’s Gospel, Chapter 21: the appearance of the Risen Jesus to the seven disciples…