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…

Four added to list of clergy likely to have abused minors

March 13, 2014 As I mentioned in a previous press release, since my appointment as the bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud I have been trying to familiarize myself with the diocese and the records maintained by my predecessor bishops. One purpose in reviewing records was to provide the public with the names of…

Use Lenten journey to reexamine the “ruts” in your life

Lenten reflection article by Bishop Donald Kettler In the hill country of West Virginia, eventually the blacktop roads run out and they turn into oiled dirt or gravel. Fairly soon even these run out and turn into dirt or mud, deeply rutted and worn by many wheels. At the beginning of such a deeply worn…

Corrections to list of clergy involved in sexual abuse of minors

February 14, 2014 Henry Lutgen: Additional assignments inadvertently omitted: Assistant director Catholic Charities, St. Cloud; St. Columbkille, St. Wendel; Community Hospital and Pine Villa, Melrose; St. Mary, Melrose. Adelbert Wolski, TOR (Third Order Regular of St. Francis): Deceased, Jan. 3, 2012, Hollidaysburg, Pa. Please note that we list official assignments only. An individual priest may have also served in other…

List of clergy likely to have abused minors

January 3, 2014 For immediate release……………  When I became Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, in November 2013, I immediately began connecting with people, familiarizing myself with policies, and reviewing important documents that I am responsible for as Bishop. Part of that process has involved reviewing files regarding claims of sexual abuse of minors…

A message for Christmas from Bishop Kettler

Our Savior brings news of great joy to all; invite him into your life and home The angel said to the shepherds: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David…