by Cori Hilsgen
Amber and Allie Hilsgen, both 8, were chosen to be door greeters at the solemn vespers service for the installation of the ninth bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Kettler.
Amber and Allie are the twin daughters of Mark and Lisa Hilsgen of St. Joseph.
Lisa Hilsgen said they were initially surprised and unsure what the event would be like.
The Hilsgens handed out programs at a door close to the church elevator and had a chance to greet former bishop John Kinney and many others. Both said they were glad they were chosen to greet.
“It was a special opportunity and it was fun meeting these nice people,” Amber said.
“I really enjoyed it and am thankful that I got picked,” Allie said.
Attendance for the event was much larger than organizers had anticipated, and so the new bishop was welcomed by an overflowing crowd.contributed photo
Amber and Allie Hilsgen, 8, stand in front of a sign welcoming the new Bishop Donald Kettler to St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening of solemn vespers. Both were chosen to be door greeters for the evening prayer.
Allie (left) and Amber Hilsgen, 8, served as door greeters for the solemn vespers welcoming the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Bishop Donald Kettler will be the ninth bishop to oversee the 131 Catholic diocese parishes.