At the beginning of the month of February, our diocese had the privilege of welcoming Bishop Gerard County from our sister diocese, the Diocese of Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Bishop County preached the mission appeal in Brainerd, Duluth and Nashwauk area parishes. He also participated in a celebratory Catholic schools week at St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd and St. Joseph’s School in Grand Rapids. He loved our schools, and I think he actually liked the snow! (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
The Minnesota Catholic Conference is sponsoring an event called Catholics at the Capitol on March 9, where you can join Minnesota bishops, dynamic church leaders and more than 1,000 other Catholics for a day of inspiration and advocacy at the State Capitol. The Diocese of Duluth is sponsoring buses. Register here >> For more details on the event, see its website. Or read an article from The Northern Cross >>
Christians are called to renew their faithfulness to God every day and not procrastinate when it comes to their own personal conversion, Pope Francis said. A hardened heart that sets aside “receiving the love of God” for another day may find that it is too late to enjoy the heavenly reward awaiting those whose hearts are strong in the faith, the pope said in his homily during Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (Catholic News Service) Read more >>
MEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual diocesan Men's Conference, featuring speaker Trent Horn, is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marshall School in Duluth. More information on the schedule and the speakers for the Conference can be found here.
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The annual diocesan Women’s Conference is scheduled for March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marshall School in Duluth. The featured speaker is Jennifer Fulwiler, a convert from atheism to Catholicism who is a best-selling author and host of the “The Jennifer Fulwiler Show” on SiriusXM. More information on the schedule and the speakers here.
RITE OF ELECT: The Rite of Elect is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
CHRISM MASS: The annual diocesan Chrism Mass, at which the Holy Oils used in the sacraments throughout the year are blessed and sent to parishes, is scheduled for Monday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.
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.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
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.