Blessing of holy oils celebrates Christ ‘touching us with his love’

The Visitor About 35 confirmation candidates made the 140-mile trek from Breckenridge to St. Cloud to join a standing-room-only congregation at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the annual chrism Mass, where the holy oils to be used in parishes for the coming year were blessed. Grant Dahl, the religious education director at St. Mary of the…

Bishop Kettler urges faithful to be ‘instruments of peace’

The Visitor On a day when marchers blocked Interstate 35W in Minneapolis to protest the killing of two black men by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, Bishop Donald Kettler urged worshipers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud to be “instruments of peace” in a world often wracked by fear, anger…

Retirements lead to the appointment of new leaders

Year in Review Jan. 3, 2014, edition Benedictine Sister Nancy Bauer became the new chancellor, upon the Sept. 30 retirement of Catherine “Cate” Coghloan. Curt Hanson became the new director of the diocesan Stewardship and Development Office and executive director of The Catholic Foundation, upon the Aug. 16 retirement of George Sjogren. St. Mary’s Cathedral…

Looking back at 2013

Year in Review Jan. 3, 2014, edition Photos by Dianne Towalski For The Visitor In the St. Cloud Diocese, it was no ordinary year, as one bishop was wished farewell and a new bishop welcomed Bishop John Kinney officially retires and Bishop Donald Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud After ceremoniously knocking on the…

Bishop Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud

Bishop Kettler installed as bishop of St. Cloud Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In good times and bad times, Bishop Donald Kettler hopes to be walking beside the people of the St. Cloud Diocese. “There are ruts in the road and sometimes difficult — bitter even — weather, but the Spirit is with us,”…

This is how leadership transitions should happen

Simple acts and well-planned rituals combined to welcome a new bishop, to thank one who has served so well, and define a diocese Nov. 15, 2013, edition The crosier, a shepherd’s crook, wooden, unembellished, passed almost unnoticed from the hands of Bishop John Kinney to Archbishop John Nienstedt to Bishop Donald Kettler. It wasn’t a…

Plans outlined for bishop’s installation

Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully With Bishop Donald Kettler’s installation less than two weeks away, plans are underway to officially welcome him with two special liturgies. The first is solemn vespers at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The second is the installation Mass at 2 p.m. Nov….

Refurbished cathedral shines at festive Mass

By Bob Zyskowski Julie Majette said that when you came to St. Mary’s Cathedral every week for Mass, you didn’t give much thought to some of issues that needed attention. “It was getting so rundown, but you really didn’t notice,” Majette said. “I don’t think any of us realized the beauty that was hidden.” That…