Diocese of Duluth

Respect Life Essay Contest

The annual Respect Life Essay Contest sponsored by the Diocese of Duluth Office of Marriage, Family, and Life has begun. The contest promotes the ability of middle and high school students to articulate arguments for respecting life. This year’s theme is “Every Life Cherished, Chosen, Sent.” Students in middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (9-12) are eligible. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Parish and Catholic school entries must be submitted in the same envelop and postmarked by Dec. 14. See guidelines here >>

MCC: (Civic) friendship is an apostolate

It is hard to see a way out of our current predicament, other than a new Great Awakening through a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yet, whatever the designs of Providence for the American republic, we know what Catholics must continue to do to foster moral and civic renewal: participate in the public arena as faithful citizens, embodying Pope Francis’s reminder that politics is one of the highest forms of charity because it serves the common good. Read more >>

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Accountability helped by the assistance of the whole People of God

I ask your prayers for the upcoming meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 12-15, in Baltimore. Our executive committee has requested of the Holy See a full investigation of Archbishop McCarrick, formation of a lay commission to assist in the investigation of reports of sexual abuse or harassment by bishops or failure of bishops in responding to such claims, and other third party accountability and reporting systems. I support these initiatives and, along with the committee, “humbly welcome and are grateful for the assistance of the whole people of God in holding us accountable.” Read more >>

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DEACON ORDINATION: Bishop Paul Sirba will ordain two men, Steve Schuler and Charles Welte, to the permanent diaconate at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. All the Catholic faithful are invited to witness the sacrament and to celebrate.

MEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual Men of Faith conference will be held March 9, 2019, featuring keynote speaker Paul George.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual diocesan women’s conference is scheduled for March 23, 2019.


STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available here. You can find an update on what’s been implemented so far here.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Bishop Paul Sirba, in December 2013, released names of clergy credibly abused of sexual abuse of a minor. More information is available here.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Diocese of Duluth has released its audited financial reports. Please see the document here.

COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.

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Faith in the Public Arena: (Civic) friendship is an apostolate

When you read this, the 2018 elections will have passed. The anger will continue to boil, and new opportunities for outrage will undoubtedly abound. The demonization of political opponents will persist, and the saddling of the American presidency with criminal investigations and threats of impeachment will likely become a permanent feature of our politics.

Jason Adkins

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Bishop Paul Sirba: Accountability helped by the assistance of the whole People of God

“If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1 Corinthians 12:26).

St. Paul established a Christian community in Corinth about the year 51. The city, a major seaport and commercial crossroads, struggled with issues of moral depravity, factionalism, questions of leadership, and other cultural woes that spilled into its celebration of the liturgy. St. Paul courageously responded to issues of conscience in the light of faith in Jesus Christ — there really is nothing new under the sun.

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McIver offers hopeful vision in the midst of ‘ruins’

“Love persists in the midst of ruins.”

That might be the most apt takeaway from Colin McIver’s presentations at the Diocese of Duluth’s 13th annual Diocesan Assembly, held Oct. 13 at Marshall School in Duluth. It was attended by about 170 people.

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