May 15, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear Pastor, For the last several weeks I have been consulting with the other bishops of Minnesota on plans to prepare for the opening of public Masses in our parishes after Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order expires May 18. During this time, the bishops have proactively engaged public officials about the importance of some limited opening…

May 9, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear Pastors, During the past week, I have been involved in many discussions about the best ways to slowly resume public worship in our churches. As I’ve said before, this needs to be a gradual process. Allowing churches to reopen for individual prayer and adoration was a small step in this direction. But health authorities…

May 1, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear pastor, Today, I participated in the livestream of Archbishop Gomez’s reconsecration of our nation to our Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church. I hope you were able to participate as well. During this time of trial, the Blessed Mother offers us her gift of hope and protection. As you…

April 24, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear Pastor: Thank you again for all you are doing at this time to meet the spiritual needs of parishioners. God continues to work through his people, and your efforts with livestreaming and recorded Masses and other outreach are important ways of making Christ present during this time we are unable to gather in person….

April 7, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

Dear Pastor: Thank you for everything you are doing for your people and your parishes at this time. I’ve been impressed by your creative approach to ministry in these days when Masses are suspended and we have been living under a statewide stay-at-home order. As we approach the most holy days of the Easter Triduum,…

March 27, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s update to pastors

Dear Pastor: On Wednesday morning, March 25, I participated in a conference call with Gov. Walz and the other Minnesota bishops to talk about the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and the important role churches continue to play in meeting the spiritual needs of our people. As you know, later that day, Gov. Walz…

August 7, 2019 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Recent Mass Shootings

August 7, 2019   BISHOP KETTLER’S STATEMENT RE: RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud: “Once again we find ourselves grieving as a nation for victims of mass shootings. The sad frequency of these incidents doesn’t diminish the shock we feel in the face of such brutality….

April 16, 2019 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Notre Dame Cathedral

April 16, 2019 BISHOP KETTLER’S STATEMENT RE: NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud: “I was deeply saddened yesterday by the images I saw on television of flames engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral. I prayed throughout the day that Our Lady would intervene to save this beautiful church…

June 22, 2018 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Current Immigration Issues

June 22, 2018 BISHOP KETTLER’S STATEMENT RE: CURRENT IMMIGRATION ISSUES Pope Francis, flying home yesterday from a visit to Switzerland, addressed a reporter’s question about the hesitancy of countries to take in immigrants and refugees. The Holy Father said nations should be guided by four simple words: welcome, accompany, accommodate, integrate. Our country has a…

Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Melrose Church Arson Case

June 20, 2018 STATEMENT FROM BISHOP KETTLER RE: MELROSE CHURCH ARSON CASE The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud: “I am thankful for the persistence and commitment of the local, state and federal authorities who investigated this arson case. I hope this news can be another step…