Men of Integrity – Men of Mercy

At the 19th annual Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 13, Father Larry Richards challenged 600 men to be “men of integrity” and “men of mercy.” During a wide ranging two-part presentation at the Humphrey Auditorium at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Father Richards said a commitment to prayer is essential to being a follower of Christ….

Bishop moving ahead with St. Cloud-area schools plan

The Visitor After reviewing a steering committee’s recommendations sent to him in December, Bishop Donald Kettler is moving forward with the plan to create Catholic Community Schools. “It’s an important desire of mine that all of our Catholic schools work together in every way possible, and this is the way we need to go forward,”…

Open wide the Holy Door

At the start of the Mass Dec. 13 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Kettler “opened wide” the Holy Door, a special designation to mark the Extraordinary Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. Despite the rain, attendees processed from the Mary Center to the front of the church and up the…

Pope Francis house will finally be a home

Story and photos by Dianne Towalski The Visitor Well-wishers filled every corner of the Habitat for Humanity house built in honor of Pope Francis for the blessing and dedication of the St. Cloud home Dec. 3. Mohamed Elmi and his wife Ubah Mohamed will move their family of 10, which includes their seven children and…

Bishop asks for prayers for religious liberty, marriage, family

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler presided at a prayer service and holy hour June 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud to mark the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week period of prayer and education focusing on protecting religious liberty and the role of faith in public life. The Fortnight began June…

How can the church serve families better?

Focus groups, surveys seek answers ahead of synod on the family By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bishop Donald Kettler is asking Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud to share their views regarding the needs of today’s Catholic families and what the church can do to provide better pastoral care, especially to families here in…

In Cold Spring: Mass with the bishop

June 6, 2014, edition Visitor photos by Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Bishop Donald Kettler presided at the May 22 Mass at St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring for the students of St. Boniface School and community members. He has been visiting many parishes and schools in the diocese since his installation as bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese in November.