June 15, 2020 – Diocese files for Chapter 11 Reorganization

June 15, 2020 DIOCESE FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION The Diocese of St. Cloud filed a voluntary petition today for relief under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code in the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court. This filing follows the announcement May 26 of the diocese and survivors of clergy sexual abuse reaching agreement on a framework for…

June 12, 2020 – Statement re: Additional priest name disclosure

June 12, 2020  STATEMENT RE: ADDITIONAL PRIEST NAME DISCLOSURE Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has added an additional name to the list of clergy likely to have abused minors.  The bishop added Father Charles Meyer, a member of the Society of the Precious Blood, to the list following notification by the…

May 26, 2020 – Statement regarding Diocese of St. Cloud

  May 26, 2020 STATEMENT REGARDING DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD The Diocese of St. Cloud and survivors of clergy sexual abuse have reached agreement on a framework for a resolution of all clergy sexual abuse claims against the diocese and area parishes. The resolution will include the diocese filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the…

September 27, 2019: Retired Bishop John Francis Kinney Dies at Age 82

September 27, 2019 RETIRED BISHOP JOHN FRANCIS KINNEY DIES AT AGE 82 Bishop John Francis Kinney, bishop emeritus of St. Cloud, died Sept. 27 at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Augusta. He was 82. The bishop’s body will be received at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud,…

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…