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…

June 22, 2018 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Current Immigration Issues

June 22, 2018 BISHOP KETTLER’S STATEMENT RE: CURRENT IMMIGRATION ISSUES Pope Francis, flying home yesterday from a visit to Switzerland, addressed a reporter’s question about the hesitancy of countries to take in immigrants and refugees. The Holy Father said nations should be guided by four simple words: welcome, accompany, accommodate, integrate. Our country has a…

June 20, 2018 – Bishop Kettler’s Statement re: Melrose Church Arson Case

June 20, 2018 STATEMENT FROM BISHOP KETTLER RE: MELROSE CHURCH ARSON CASE The following is a statement from Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud: “I am thankful for the persistence and commitment of the local, state and federal authorities who investigated this arson case. I hope this news can be another step…

February 28, 2018 – Developments regarding claims against Diocese of St. Cloud

February 28, 2018 DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING CLAIMS AGAINST DIOCESE OF ST. CLOUD The Minnesota Child Victims Act, which lifted for three years the civil statute of limitations for allegations of past sexual abuse of minors, ended in May 2016. During that time, a total of 74 civil claims were made against the Diocese of St. Cloud….

News release: Festival of Forgiveness

February 23, 2018 FESTIVAL OF FORGIVENESS SET FOR MARCH 2 Catholics throughout the Diocese of St. Cloud will celebrate a “Festival of Forgiveness” on Friday, March 2, to help people experience the life-changing power of God’s love and mercy. On this date, the sacrament of reconciliation will be available for a 12-hour period at designated…

February 14, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

February 14, 2018 UPDATED STATEMENT RE: FATHER ANTHONY OELRICH Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has been notified by the St. Cloud Police Department that Father Anthony Oelrich, a priest of the diocese, was arrested Feb. 13 following an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct involving an adult woman. Bishop Kettler has removed…

February 13, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

February 13, 2018 STATEMENT RE: FATHER ANTHONY OELRICH Bishop Donald Kettler of the Diocese of Saint Cloud has been notified by the St. Cloud Police Department that Father Anthony Oelrich, a priest of the diocese, was arrested Feb. 13 following an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct involving an adult woman. Bishop Kettler has placed Father…

February 9, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

February 9, 2018 LISTENING SESSION SCHEDULED FOR COLD SPRING Bishop Donald Kettler will hold a listening session at 7 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring. The session follows the bishop’s recent placement of two Benedictine priests — Casimir Plakut and Augustine John Strub — on the list of clergy likely to…

January 12, 2018 – News release: Diocese of St. Cloud

January 12, 2018 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. Father Antonio Marfori was ordained Oct. 7, 1978, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. He served the following assignments: part-time associate,…