“Prepare the way of the Lord. Make straight his paths.”
Bishop Donald Kettler and members of the Diocesan Planning Council held a workshop Sept. 25 at Diocesan Ministry Day as part of the ongoing process to determine what actions to take in light of an expected decline in the number of active priests between 2020 and 2030.
After a year-and-a-half of planning, a two-year certification program for Hispanic lay leaders was launched in Melrose Sept. 8, welcoming 55 participants from the Diocese of St. Cloud as well as 13 participants from neighboring dioceses.
Over the last year, I’m thankful that so many of our area leaders have continued to work for peace and unity among the diversity of cultures and faith traditions that call Central Minnesota home.
Bishop Donald Kettler is asking parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud to take up a special collection on the weekend of Sept. 9-10 to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.
Bishop Kettler is the third person in the Central Minnesota to be awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Central Minnesota Council and the Boy Scouts of America and he will be honored June 24.
The preparation and follow-up for priest changes takes a lot of thought and planning by Bishop Donald Kettler’s advisory team called the Diocesan Priest Personnel Board.
Kevin Powers, who has served as principal for the last four years at St. Margaret of Scotland School in Chicago, has been selected to be the superintendent of Catholic Community Schools.
More than 1,000 Minnesota Catholics — including 73 from the Diocese of St. Cloud — came to St. Paul March 9 to deliver a heartfelt message to their elected representatives: “Catholic voices count!”