Our Catholic schools foster faith, excellence

During my travels around the Diocese of St. Cloud, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many of our Catholic schools, and I’m inspired by what I have seen. We are blessed with teachers, principals and staff who are committed to fostering excellence in all areas of school life. And, through their teaching and personal witness,…

Cherishing God’s most precious gift

Jan. 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in the United States. On this somber anniversary, we come together in solidarity to pray for an end to abortion, for those mourning the loss of a child through abortion, for…

Praying for today’s immigrant families

On the feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 4, we hear the Gospel story of the Magi from the East journeying to Bethlehem to pay homage to the “newborn king,” the Christ Child. King Herod, however, views the child as a threat to his power, and in a later passage we learn that Joseph flees by…

Living out the true spirit of Christmas

During the season of Advent, as the feast of Christmas approaches, people often talk about getting into the “spirit of Christmas.” For many, this means striving to be a little more joyful and generous at this time of year, more merciful and forgiving. It means making a conscious decision to act more like Christ as…

Bishop Kettler’s Statement Regarding the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 25, 2014 Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud released the following statement in response to the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury’s decision Nov. 24 to not indict police officer Darren Wilson “I was saddened to see the television images of violent actions perpetrated by some people in the wake of the grand jury’s decision. Violence…

Advent: A time of waiting and preparing

Faith, Hope and Love In just a little over a week, we will be entering the holy season of Advent, a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ — both his first coming as a baby in the Bethlehem manger and his second coming at the end of time. A good way…

Bishop Kettler’s Interview with KYES radio

November 20, 2014 Bishop Kettler joins Glen Lewerenz on the air and discusses the annual meeting with the United States Bishops, conversations around the Synod of the Family including the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in 2015. Bishop Kettler also discusses the importance of Advent and reconciliation.

Prayer, invitation are key to more religious vocations

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, One of the things that continues to impress me as I travel around our diocese is the witness and dedicated service of our priests, deacons and members of religious communities. These men and women minister to the people of God in different ways, but all of them share one…

We are all missionaries

“Great is the generosity you showed me today. May the Lord reward you generously for what you have done.” — 1 Samuel 24:19-20 My dear people, By baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the church, called to share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral…

Anniversary is opportunity to celebrate diocese’s rich history

Our local church celebrates a significant milestone on Sept. 22. This date marks the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of St. Cloud by Pope Leo XIII. Our history as a people of faith in central Minnesota, however, predates the diocese’s formation in 1889. Father Francis Xavier Pierz arrived here in the 1850s…