Building interfaith bridges of peace

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting at the chancery with faith leaders from the St. Cloud area — Christian, Muslim and Jewish. We shared lunch, including some delicious food brought by our Somali guests. But the main reason for the meeting was to get to…

Easter reminds us that Good Friday isn’t the end of the story

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Several weeks ago, during the Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral, I had the privilege of welcoming people from throughout our diocese who will be fully initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil.During these 40 days of Lent, they have been making their final preparations for what…

Lent: Time to stop, look and listen

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This past weekend I had the privilege of attending our annual diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference at St. John’s University and presiding at the closing Mass in the Abbey Church. The conference has become an annual tradition for many fathers, sons, grandfathers and other men who want to start their…

Working to strengthen our St. Cloud-area Catholic schools

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Visiting our Catholic schools is one of my favorite things to do as I travel around the diocese. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and students and hear about the good work they’re doing in the classroom. For me, these visits also reinforce something very important, something I…

Your generosity allows us to make a difference in so many ways

My brothers and sisters in Christ, Since coming to the Diocese of St. Cloud, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many of our churches and schools. And, I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you at parish anniversaries, festivals, confirmations and school Masses. My visits also have offered a chance to witness firsthand your commitment to the…

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…