Annual Report: 2012-2013

Thank you March 28, 2014, edition By Bishop Donald Kettler Although it has been just a few months since I began serving in Minnesota, it hasn’t taken me very long to recognize and appreciate the characteristics of the people of God here that makes the Diocese of St. Cloud such a strong Catholic community. Your…

How would you tell the story of Jesus using an iPad?

Amazing ideas from Catholic school pupils The Catholic Foundation sponsored a contest for students in Catholic elementary schools. They answered the question: “How would you tell the story of Jesus using an iPad?” in 100 words or less, in order to win an iPad for their school. Alice Coudron, consultant for planned giving and major…

It’s ‘Pay It Forward’ time again

The Visitor offers seed money to those who will make the investment grow for a charitable cause Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of a rich man who leaves a portion of his wealth with three trusted servants. Each used the money differently and those who increased…

Diocese invites youth grades 6-8 to ‘Winter Spectacular’ rally

December 20, 2013, edition The St. Cloud Diocese invites youth in grades 6-8 to the “Winter Spectacular” Junior High Youth Rally Jan. 12, 2014, at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. with registration, prayer and keynote speaker Scott Frieler, director of youth ministry at Holy Spirit, St. Anthony and St….

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,…

About the vestments

Prelates and deacons in significant roles wore the six new vestments that were sewn for the installation and future celebrations by Candice Koopmeiners of St. Francis Xavier in Sartell, in consultation with Tildy Ellis, of St. Boniface in Cold Spring. The vestments coordinate with the existing chasubles and dalmatics that were sewn for the millennium…

Religious leaders from far and near admire new bishop

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor “Give him back!” joked Bishop Edward Burns, bishop of Juneau, Alaska, who traveled over 2,500 miles to attend the installation of his friend and colleague, Bishop Donald Kettler. “The people of the St. Cloud Diocese are so blessed to have Bishop Kettler coming their way,”…

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