I, like many of you, was shocked by what I saw on television and in the newspapers. It was another reminder of the sad reality that our nation continues to struggle with the blight of racism, bigotry and intolerance.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, I was privileged to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary for our annual Honoring Marriage Day event. Hundreds of couples from throughout the diocese came to celebrate milestone anniversaries, including some married for 50, 60 or more years. Their witness to their vocation […]
Bishop Kettler encourages us to participate in special prayers and devotions, such as the rosary or Stations of the Cross, in your homes or parishes.
Each year, your generosity through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports the work of ministries that promote the sacred dignity of human life, foster vocations, evangelize our youth, nurture families, welcome the stranger and heal the wounded.
We are nearing the end of the Advent season, a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ as a baby in the manger at Bethlehem and also for his second coming at the end of time.
This year’s elections were the most contentious I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The presidential race in particular shined a spotlight on the deep divides that exist in our nation. These divisions — over issues such as race, economic disparities and immigration — have been festering for a long time.
We modern-day disciples face many challenges when it comes to voting and living out our civic responsibilities. We live in a political environment often marked by strident partisanship, negative campaigning and simplistic sound bites. We may feel politically homeless because candidates and political parties fail to embrace a vision of society consistent with the Gospel — a vision that respects everyone’s God-given human dignity and helps build a world in which every person can reach their full potential.
As a priest and bishop, an important part of my ministry is to bring unity between people and God as well as strive to unite people in the community.
I have wondered, “What can I do — what can we do — as a Catholic community in central Minnesota to honor the memory of the victims and to be instruments of mercy and peace in our world?”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, Pope Francis released an important document on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), reflecting the discussion that occurred at the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. The pope convened those gatherings because he believes strongly that healthy families are essential […]