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…

Diocese ‘back on the farm’ for rural celebration

July 26, 2014 Frank Lee, St. Cloud Times MILACA – Farming isn’t a way of life for most, but Catholics in the St. Cloud diocese will have a chance to celebrate it next month on a farm near Milaca. The annual Rural Life Celebration will take place this year at Mark and Brenda Winkelman’s farm on…

Bishop Kettler’s June Interview with KYES

Conversations with Glen Lewerenz of Relevant Radio Bishop Kettler discusses the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as the ordinations of seminarians to the priesthood and diaconate. He continues with an explanation about priest assignments, how those decisions are made and the role of priests in our communities. Bishop Kettler also talks about how we are…

Fortnight for Freedom: Why we seek the freedom to serve

By Bishop Donald Kettler St. Paul wrote to the Galatians: “You were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve another through love.” This word of God to us directs me to emphasize during this third annual Fortnight for Freedom — which is…

Bishop Kettler’s April interview on KYES radio

Listen to Bishop Kettler as he is interviewed by Glen Lewerenz about his calling to become a priest, journey through the seminary to priesthood and becoming a bishop.  Bishop Kettler recounts his experiences as a bishop in Fairbanks, Alaska. He also shares how pleased he is with our displays of faith in the Diocese of Saint Cloud,…

The Resurrection of Jesus — God’s sign and seal

An Easter Message from Bishop Donald Kettler Someone once designed an unusual Easter card, which looked like a Christmas card. The upper half of the card had a picture of a Nativity scene with the shepherds worshiping the newborn baby Jesus. The lower half of the card pictured those same shepherds, 30 years later, standing…