Bishop Kettler impressed Alaskans

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Bill Vossler For The Visitor During his 11-year bishopric in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bishop Donald Kettler impressed Alaskans in many ways. One was by journeying out to remote villages in the 400,000 square mile diocese, said Robert Hannon, chancellor of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska. “Traveling in small aircraft and snow…

Two men to take steps toward diaconate ordination

Hans Michael “Mick” Froslee, a member of St. Edward Parish in Henning, will be installed as a candidate, and Michael Louis Benda, a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, will be installed as a reader, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 St. Mary’s Cathedral crypt in St. Cloud. There are three steps men complete before ordination to the permanent diaconate. They are…

Marvelous trait comes with this new bishop

From Becker to Breckenridge, from Waite Park to Wadena, people of the Diocese of St. Cloud are likely to take notice of one characteristic of their soon-to-be bishop: He’s amazingly open and honest. Bishop Donald Kettler answered every question, offered no pat answers, acknowledged times he didn’t do his best and shared his thoughts frankly…

Coghlan to retire — diocese’s first woman and lay chancellor

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Nikki Rajala Catherine “Cate” Coghlan, the first woman and first lay person to serve as chancellor for the St. Cloud Diocese, will retire Sept. 30. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked for Bishop [John] Kinney in two different venues, and for his acceptance of women’s roles in the…

Family, friends illustrate new bishop’s leadership style

Sept. 27, 2013, edition By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor What kind of leader is the bishop-elect of the St. Cloud Diocese? Bishop Donald Kettler’s family and friends provide insight as to what may be in store for central Minnesota under his guidance. Anchorage Oblate of the Mary Immaculate Archbishop Roger Schweitz, also a native…

Bishop John Kinney’s statement

Sept. 27, 2013, edition “Be still before the Lord and wait in patience” Ps 37.7) These words from Psalm 37 and our diocesan Prayer for the appointment of a next Bishop have been a daily part of our prayer life in the Diocese of St. Cloud for these past fourteen months. Now I can report…

Bishop Kinney appoints familiar face to be next diocesan chancellor

Sept. 13, 2013, edition Benedictine Sister Nancy Bauer, former prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, has been appointed chancellor of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Bishop John Kinney made the appointment, which is effective Oct. 1. Sister Nancy, 60, replaces Catherine (Cate) Coghlan, who is retiring Sept. 30. Sister Nancy, who served as…