Bishop Donald J. Kettler

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

One of my greatest joys of being your bishop is visiting parishes around our diocese for confirmations, festivals and other special events. I am grateful to see your faithful witness to the Church and for all you do to build up the Body of Christ.

Our Catholic faith is a tremendous source of grace and inspiration for living out our call to be missionary disciples. We are nourished by the sacraments, which in turn strengthen us to be bring mercy, hope and justice to all in need.

The work of our diocesan ministries — made possible through your generous support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal — help to advance the mission and work of our church in so many vital ways.

The Appeal supports the education of seminarians, ensuring that our parishes have priests to celebrate the Eucharist, preach the Good News and serve the other spiritual needs of God’s people.

It assists our Catholic schools, so that teachers and staff can provide students with an excellent education, grounded in Gospel values and service to others in our communities.

The Appeal funds programs that support life at all stages and that build strong marriages and family life. And, it is a vital resource for helping parishes meet the needs of our Church’s growing diversity, including Latino Catholics who enrich our faith.

The Appeal supports the work of our parish religious education programs, so that our young people are equipped to live authentically Catholic lives amid the challenges of today’s world. Without this assistance, the work of these ministries and the mission of our Church would suffer.

Please prayerfully consider making a generous gift to the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Your contribution benefits the church in our diocese in so many important ways. May God bless you and your loved ones.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Donald J. Kettler
Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Cloud



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