‘There’s something for everybody,’ Bishop Kettler says about Aug. 31 event

Categories: Around the Diocese,DMD

The Visitor

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Bishop Donald Kettler

Bishop Donald Kettler encourages Catholics from around the diocese to attend Diocesan Ministry Day to enrich the services they provide in parishes, schools and other ministries on behalf of the church.

“This year’s theme is ‘Voice of Hope,’ and we are blessed to have so many dedicated people and strong witnesses to our faith who bring the hope of Christ to others in the 16 counties of our diocese and beyond,” Bishop Kettler said. “I’m very grateful for this.”

The event, set for Aug. 31 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, is an opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge, re-energize themselves in the work they do and worship together as a diocesan community.

“I think this is one of the most important things that we can do — to have an opportunity to look at the church and various ministries in the church and see where we are successful and where we need to grow and change and do better,” the bishop said.

“I think most of us realize that despite all the study we do and all the background we have, particularly in a day where things are changing, we need to keep up with developments in various fields and we have to stretch ourselves,” he said.

At DMD, Bishop Kettler will preside at Mass, offer a “state of the diocese address” and preside at a commissioning service at the end of the day for all those attending.
The bishop said he is looking forward to hearing Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’s keynote address because of the national and international perspective he brings as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“I really want as many people as possible to be at this day,” Bishop Kettler said, noting the slate of 19 workshops and dozens of exhibitors. “We all need a day of learning, prayer and enrichment like this, starting with me,” Bishop Kettler said. “There’s definitely something for everybody.”