August 29, 2019: Bishop Kettler to celebrate Blue Mass for first responders

August 29, 2019 BISHOP KETTLER TO CELEBRATE BLUE MASS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Bishop Donald Kettler will celebrate a special “Blue Mass” to honor first responders and other emergency personnel at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 25 Eighth Ave., South, St. Cloud. A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend. “One…

August 7, 2019 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Recent Mass Shootings

August 7, 2019   BISHOP KETTLER’S STATEMENT RE: RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud: “Once again we find ourselves grieving as a nation for victims of mass shootings. The sad frequency of these incidents doesn’t diminish the shock we feel in the face of such brutality….

July 1, 2019 – Statement re: Father Joseph Backowski

  July 1, 2019 STATEMENT RE: FATHER JOSEPH BACKOWSKI The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud: “Father Joseph Backowski has been on leave since January from his previous assignments in Breckenridge and Kent to address personal health concerns. In anticipation of his return to ministry, a plan was developed in…

April 16, 2019 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Notre Dame Cathedral

April 16, 2019 BISHOP KETTLER’S STATEMENT RE: NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of St. Cloud: “I was deeply saddened yesterday by the images I saw on television of flames engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral. I prayed throughout the day that Our Lady would intervene to save this beautiful church…

March 29, 2019 – Lawsuit regarding Diocese of St. Cloud

  March 29, 2019 LAWSUIT REGARDING DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD The Diocese of St. Cloud is among the defendants in a civil lawsuit accusing Father Joseph Backowski of sexual misconduct with an adult woman. Father Backowski is pastor of St. Mary of the Presentation Church in Breckenridge and St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Kent. He…

March 6, 2019 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

March 6, 2019 FOUR LISTENING SESSIONS SCHEDULE FOR MARCH Bishop Donald Kettler will hold listening sessions following an allegation of past sexual misconduct involving Bishop Harold Dimmerling while he was serving as a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Because of that allegation, Bishop Kettler has asked a Diocesan Response Team to hold listening…

November 12, 2018 – Additional Clergy Name Disclosure

November 12, 2018 ADDITIONAL CLERGY NAME DISCLOSURE Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has added the name of Bishop Harold Dimmerling to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors. Dimmerling was a priest of the Saint Cloud Diocese who later served as bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, from 1969…

October 23, 2018 – Mass for Health Care Professionals set for Nov. 4

October 23, 2018 MASS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS SET FOR NOV. 4 All health care professionals are invited to a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Sacred Heart Chapel of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph. Father Tom Knoblach, consultant for health care ethics for the Diocese of St. Cloud, will preside at…

August 22, 2018 – Re: Aug. 22 Anderson Press Conference

August 22, 2018 RE: AUG. 22 ANDERSON PRESS CONFERENCE The decision on whether to convene a statewide grand jury is for others to make. If one is convened, the Diocese of St. Cloud will fully cooperate. In 2016, the diocese provided all files and documents related to the sexual abuse of minors that were requested…