Messages of import in the bishop’s pastoral letters

From liturgy to youth, from AIDS to penance, from marriage to social justice, Bishop John Kinney wrote thoughtful pastoral letters to his flock. The letters highlight issues of concern and explain concepts for the people of the dioceses. Liturgy “The Mystery of Christ Present: A Pastoral Letter of Liturgy,” was Bishop Kinney’s first pastoral letter…

In others’ words . . .

“Between our two dioceses — St. Cloud and Maracay in Venezuela — there is a large and nice partnership. I am very grateful to Bishop Kinney for his gentility and brotherly behavior.” — Bishop Rafael Conde, Bishop of Maracay, Venezuela “As I traveled with Bishop Kinney in Maracay and participated in Spanish Masses with him…

Local shepherd, global vision

Bishop Kinney has sown amazing grace around the world After a grueling nine-hour trek over rocky bush tracks in the country now known as South Sudan, Bishop John Kinney stepped out of a Land Cruiser only to be immediately and unceremoniously stuffed into a hole in the ground, a makeshift bomb shelter. An Antonov bomber…

Well done, good and faithful servant

Black-and-white photographs from 1995 — stark black-and-white in some cases — capture the scene. In one he presents his letter of appointment to the consultors of the diocese. In another, smiling broadly, taking in the applause, John F. Kinney sits comfortably in his new seat, the cathedra in St. Mary’s Cathedral, the chair of the…

Who is John Kinney?

Those who worked closely with him say he’s a man with whom they were graced to serve Insight into the person of Bishop John Kinney is easily shared by people who worked closely with him as part of the chancery and pastoral team of the St. Cloud Diocese. One who had a head start on…

The man, the mission and the ministry

Pastoral leaders reminisce about Bishop Kinney Since his arrival in 1995, countless stories of Bishop John Kinney’s guidance, service and his love of celebrating the sacraments have been woven into teh fabric of his tenure, threaded with compassion, laughter, mission and hope. One of his first tasks was carefully tailoring a diocesan mission statement with…

‘I know it’s time for a fresh apostle’

A Visitor interview with Bishop John Kinney After suffering a bout of pneumonia and other ailments this fall, Bishop John Kinney is upbeat because the medical folks caring for him say he’s ahead of expectations in his recovery, so he fully expects to be at St. Mary’s Cathedral when Bishop Donald Kettler is installed as his successor…

Bishop Kinney’s current board memberships

• Member, Board of Overseers, School of Theology of St. John’s Seminary • Member, Board of Directors, Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America Bishop Kinney’s past committee and board memberships: • Member, Bishops’ Committee for Priestly Life and Ministry • Episcopal Liaison with NOCERCC • Chairman, NCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Bishops’ Life and Ministry…