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St Mary's &
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Two parishes --
One shared Spirit
The Diocese of St Cloud
Catholic Charities - Diocese of St. Cloud  1-800-830-8254
  • Adoption/Pregnancy Services
  • Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program
  • Counseling - Mental Health, Family, Marriage, Financial, Parenting
  • Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Housing Management Services

Give a new lease on life to orphans of HIV/AIDS with
health care and educational opportunities.
Send your donation to the Mission Office, 11 S.  8th Ave.
St. Cloud,MN 56301 or drop a labeled envelope in the
Sunday collection basket.
Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on  December,
17,  1936. He is the 266th and current Pope of the
Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he
is Bishop of Rome, the head of the worldwide Catholic
Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Born in Buenos Aires of Italian descent, Bergoglio
worked briefly as a chemical technician before entering
seminary; he was ordained in 1969. From 1973 to 1979
he was Argentina's Provincial superior of the Society of
Jesus, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and
was created cardinal in 2001. Following the resignation
of Pope Benedict XVI, on 13 March 2013 the papal
conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name
Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. Bergoglio is
the first Jesuit pope; the first pope from the Americas,
and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere.

Throughout his life, both as an individual and a religious
leader, he has been known for his humility, his concern
for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way
to build bridges between people of all backgrounds,
beliefs, and faiths. Since his election to the papacy, he
has displayed a simpler and less formal approach to the
office, including a decision to reside in the Vatican
guesthouse rather than the papal residence used by his
predecessors since 1903.
Prayer for Pope Francis

Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to your shepherd Pope Francis
a spirit of courage and right judgement,
a spirit of knowledge and love.  
By governing with fidelity
those entrusted to his care,
may he, as Vicar of Christ,
build your Church into a sacrament
of unity, love and peace for all the world.'  
Appointed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud is
Bishop Donald Kettler.  He comes to us after serving as the
Bishop of the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska.  He has served
there since 2002.  The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks
remains today the only missionary diocese in the United
States covering approximately 409,849 square miles
reaching north of the Alaska Range from the Canadian
border on the east to the Bering and Chukchi Seas on the

Bishop Donald Kettler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on
November 26, 1944 to Joseph and Marguerite Kettler. At an
early age his family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota
where he and his three siblings were reared.

He graduated from St. John University and Seminary in
Collegeville, Minnesota and was ordained to the priesthood
on May 29, 1970. He became an Associate Pastor in
Aberdeen and Sioux Falls from 1970 until 1979. From 1979 -
1981 he coordinated work for the Sioux Falls Diocesan
offices and again from 1984 - 1987. In 1981 he attended
The Catholic University of America for two years and
received his licentiate degree in canon law (J.C.L.) and was
then named the Judicial Vicar for the Sioux Falls Diocese in
1983. In 1984 he began ministry as the weekly TV Mass
celebrant which continued until his move to Fairbanks.

He has served as Judicial Vicar for the Catholic Diocese of
Sioux Falls, was a member of the Sioux Falls Diocesan
Finance Council, Stewardship Committee, Catholic Family
Services Board of Directors, the Association of Christian
Churches of South Dakota Board of Directors, and a Board
Member of the Sioux Falls Catholic School System.

He served as an associate pastor in Aberdeen and Sioux
Falls until 1979, rector of St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls
from 1987-95 and pastor of St. Lambert Parish, Sioux Falls
from 1995-2000. His last assignment for the Sioux Falls
Diocese was as pastor of Christ the King Parish, Sioux Falls
since 2000.

Bishop Kettler is the third priest of the Sioux Falls Diocese to
be named a bishop. Lambert Hoch was named Bishop of
Bismarck in 1952 and Sioux Falls in 1956. Paul Anderson
became Bishop of Duluth in 1968 and returned to Sioux Falls
as auxiliary bishop in his retirement.

Bishop Kettler will be formally installed as the Bishop of the
Diocese of St. Cloud on  
November 7.