Diocese of Duluth

Bishop Paul Sirba
Advent is a time to enter the mystery of God’s ways

We have become accustomed to instant answers and ready responses. Just say, “OK, Google.” Except, of course, when there aren’t any. Sometimes we are deprived of support, stressed by the unfairness of a situation, and uncertain about what to do next, and no simple answer is available. In faith, then, the soul is given the choice of the long view and the ultimate promises held out to us by God. We practice the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. We trust in God. Some answers will be given only in heaven. Read more >>

Buses to March for Life

The Diocese of Duluth will be sponsoring buses bound for the annual March for Life in the Twin Cities on Jan. 22 to the State Capitol. The day will begin with 7 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, boarding the bus after Mass. More information and registration >>

Two men ordained deacons

Bishop Paul Sirba ordained Steve Schuler and Chuck Welte as deacons at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Nov. 25, the Solemnity of Christ the King, before a large congregation of family, friends, and other faithful. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Highlights

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

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual diocesan women’s conference is scheduled for March 23.  It will feature keynote speaker Sonja Corbitt and a panel of women religious. register

Issues

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.

Latest news

Betsy Kneepkens: Which children are really ‘sheltered’? Those who don’t know about Jesus

Some have suggested that my husband and I have sheltered our children.

I cannot deny the fact that we intentionally made decisions to shield our kids from potentially harmful situations or incidents that would negatively impact the foundation we were trying to provide them. I am not just talking physical circumstances but emotional, intellectual, and spiritual, as well. We worked hard not to expose them too early to specific experiences where the visual scenes would forever plague their memory. Often — I mean very often — my children did not participate in activities that were commonplace for other children.

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Father Richard Kunst: Inviting ‘Christmas and Easter Catholics’ back to Mass should be our main goal

I like to bring humor into classes I teach and homilies that I preach, because I think humor is a good way to get through to people about the importance of faith.

As I look back on my ministry I remember many times when certain points of humor were particularly well received; one was several years ago, right before Mass started at my parish of St. Joseph’s in Gnesen (the prettiest parish in the Diocese of Duluth, if you ask me). St. Joseph’s is a small, rural parish, so there tend to be other critters in the area besides humans. It was during Advent when someone inadvertently allowed two dogs to sneak in the door. They were good-sized dogs, and they ran up and down the aisle of the small church, which caused a bit of a stir with the parishioners. After the dogs were finally corralled and let out, I told the congregation that I can tell Christmas is getting near, because I hadn’t seen those two dogs since Easter.

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