Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C.

The 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud

“I never expected this invitation, this call, from the Holy Father, from the Church; and I said yes, just trusting in the Lord.”

– Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C.

Watch the recordings of  Solemn Vespers & Ordination


From Portland to Peru and many places in between, hundreds of people came to St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud Feb. 14 to witness the ordination and installation of the Diocese of St. Cloud’s 10th bishop, Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C., an Indiana native and priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Read more.

During the service, Bishop-elect Neary made a Profession of Faith and took an Oath of Fidelity, which he and his predecessor, Bishop Donald Kettler, signed. A ring, pectoral cross and crosier were also blessed and will be given to him at his ordination. Read more.

Bishop-elect Patrick Neary’s episcopal ordination Mass will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud. Because of limited capacity, entry to the ordination Mass is by invitation only.

Vespers will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, also at the cathedral. A reception will follow in the cathedral’s lower church.

Both events will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Saint Cloud’s YouTube channel. Updates and the livestream links will be provided on this page when they become available.

Please direct questions to Joe Towalski in the Office of Communications at or 320-258-7624.

Learn key terms and facts associated with Bishop-elect Neary’s ordination. Read more.

“When I went to St. Cloud’s website, there it is right there: ‘heart of mercy, voice of hope, hands of justice.’ And I’m like, what a stunning mission statement for a diocese,” Steven Warner said. “It’s very humbling to be able to put music around a lofty ideal.” Read more.

“When I look toward the future of the diocese, a number of hopes and dreams come to mind. My first desire is to get to know my new family!” Read more.

Those who know him best say Bishop-elect Neary brings many gifts and a listening ear to his ministry.  Read more.

“Please join me in giving Bishop-elect Neary a warm welcome! He has already learned much about our Church in central Minnesota, and he will learn much more when he begins to visit our parishes, Area Catholic Communities and religious communities.” Read more.

Bishop-elect Neary was in St. Cloud for the announcement Dec. 15 and a press conference that was held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center that morning. Read more.

Pope Francis has named Father Patrick Neary, C.S.C., a member of Congregation of Holy Cross, as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Read more.



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c/o The Chancery
Diocese of Saint Cloud
214 Third Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301


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