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 >>

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 >>

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.

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

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

Father Michael Schmitz: What does it mean for something to be blessed?

I recently became Catholic and keep hearing about all of the stuff you have that is “blessed.” Someone even gave me a holy card that they said had been blessed. I like the idea, I just don’t know what it means for something to be blessed.

I am glad that you are asking this question. Even though you haven’t been Catholic for very long, you know that it is good for Catholics to ask questions. In this case, your question is one that not a lot of Catholics even know about. Hopefully this response will not only help you, but them as well.

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Jason Adkins: Combatting the ‘evil within’ is our first responsibility

In politics today, people have fallen into the habit of condemning the evil in other persons, groups, structures, or oppressor classes, while they themselves embrace the role of victim.

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.

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