How a bishop is chosen

Nov. 15, 2013, edition On Sept. 20, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, to be the ninth bishop of St. Cloud. Bishop John Kinney’s retirement, tendered in June of 2012, was accepted by Pope Francis at the same time. Bishop Kinney continued as the leader of the St. Cloud…

‘I am blessed to be here’

Diocese welcomes Bishop Kettler first at vespers service Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski Five thumps on the huge wooden doors of St. Mary’s Cathedral Nov. 6 signaled the arrival of Bishop Donald J. Kettler to become the new leader of the more than 160,000 Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The packed downtown St….

Bishop Donald Kettler officially seated in cathedra

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Under the observance of more than 20 bishops, hundreds of priests and numerous deacons and lay people, Bishop Donald Kettler was officially seated at the cathedra, the bishop’s chair, Nov. 7 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Bishop Kettler was led to the cathedra after he verbally accepted the apostolic mandate…

Bishop Kettler officially welcomed in vespers service

By Bob Zyskowski Five thumps on the huge wooden doors of St. Mary’s Cathedral Nov. 6 signaled the arrival of Bishop Donald J. Kettler to become the new leader of the more than 160,000 Catholics in the Diocese of St. Cloud. The packed downtown St. Cloud church filled with prayer, music, incense and applause from…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…