Diocese of Duluth

Bishop Paul Sirba
Camp Survive was an opportunity to consult with young people

The energy was palpable. The welcome was hearty and sincere. The enthusiasm was contagious. Where else can you experience the fruits of the Holy Spirit in a forum with hundreds of young people, junior counselors, a prayer team, and some extraordinarily dedicated chaperones in a beautiful setting? Camp Survive is the place. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

Adult Faith Formation Program

adult faith formationA diocese-wide Adult Faith Formation program will begin in November, consisting of 5 sessions (one Saturday per month from November through March) held in each deanery. It will be based around "Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained," and the formation will include guidance by a facilitator, small group discussion, and prayerful reflection. Register >>

Built Upon a Rock Fest coming to Duluth

bandA new event is coming to the Diocese of Duluth, and everyone is hoping it will rock — the Built Upon a Rock Fest, a free concert featuring two well-known Catholic rock bands, one national and one local, will be held on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Sept. 17. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Highlights

assemblyDIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The 2017 Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Marshall School in Duluth. The featured speaker will be Joe Miller, who is executive director of the Magis Center. The theme of the assembly is “Has Science Killed Faith? Encountering God in an Age of Unbelief.” Miller will show the scientific evidence for God’s existence and explain how one’s understanding of God affects the attainment of ultimate happiness. Register

WHITE MASS: Bishop Paul Sirba will celebrate the annual White Mass, which honors the work of health care workers, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15. This will be followed brunch and a presentation by Joe Miller from the Magis Center at Holy Rosary School. Register

ANNIVERSARY MASS AND LUNCHEON: Couples from the Diocese of Duluth celebrating the marriage milestones of 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 years and beyond are invited to the fourth annual Anniversary Mass and Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 22. Mass will be at 10:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with Bishop Sirba, and lunch will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth Street, Duluth. All are welcome at Mass, but space for lunch is limited to the first 150 who reserve a space. The lunch will be free for the celebrating couples; additional family members are $10/person. The cost per family member will increase to $15 per person on Oct. 9, and reservations for lunch close Oct. 16. Registration

DIACONATE ORDINATION: Bishop Paul Sirba will ordain four men to the permanent diaconate at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.

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.

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But a “transgender toolkit,” approved on July 24 by the state’s School Safety Technical Assistance Council (SSTAC), is a clear instance of that vital mission being flipped on its head. The recommendations of the toolkit, advertised as a means of combating bullying, instead distort reality and impede real education.

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Betsy Kneepkens: Camp Survive’s transformations are best seen up close

Every August I look forward to the same bus ride: I get to chaperone middle schoolers from the east side of our diocese to Camp Survive.

I see this as a privilege, and I am left wondering why others are not vying for this job. Few situations place you in the midst of adolescents at a time when they are most real. For many, this week is the first time away. For others, they go without knowing anyone else. And still others think they have everything all figured out. The one-and-a-half hour bus trip is an annual education in the lives of young people, and I love every second of it.

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Bishop Paul Sirba: Camp Survive was an opportunity to consult with young people

The energy was palpable. The welcome was hearty and sincere. The enthusiasm was contagious. Where else can you experience the fruits of the Holy Spirit in a forum with hundreds of young people, junior counselors, a prayer team, and some extraordinarily dedicated chaperones in a beautiful setting? Camp Survive is the place.

The Diocese of Duluth, under the leadership of Father Mike Schmitz and Heather Serena and their collaborators, have been hosting Camp Survive at Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center for years. This work of the Lord continues to bear great fruit.

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