Diocese of Duluth

Bishops end border visit, call reunification of children urgent

In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to the border with a more “somber” experience, visiting detained migrant children living temporarily within the walls of a converted Walmart. Read more >>

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Humanae Vitae’s anniversary something to celebrate, embrace

This July 25 will mark the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae. Though 50 years have gone by, the encyclical remains prophetic. I pray you find time to read it. Humanae Vitae has proven again and again to be remarkably prescient. It is also incredibly positive. Read more >>

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Highlights

CAMP SURVIVE: Camp Survive is taking place Aug. 6-10. Pray for our young people!

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The annual Diocesan Assembly is set for Oct. 13, featuring speaker Colin MacIver from Ascension Press, an international speaker with expertise on the Theology of the Body. He will be speaking on the themes “Made in His Image ... Made for Love,” and “50 Years After Humanae Vitae: Rediscovering God’s Plan for Love.”

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

Obituary: Father Frank Perkovich, 89

 

Father Frank Perkovich, 89, of Chisholm, died peacefully of natural causes on July 16, in his home. He was born on Dec. 24, 1928, in Chisholm, to John and Jennie Johanna (Lesar) Perkovich. He was a 1946 graduate of Chisholm High School and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 5, 1954, by Bishop Thomas Welch.

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Young Canadian indigenous celebrate beloved St. Kateri as ‘one among us’

MASKWACIS, Alberta (CNS) — Young. Indigenous. Committed to the Catholic faith.

Three hundred years after her death, St. Kateri Tekakwitha — North America’s first indigenous saint — has become a model for young people, especially in Maskwacis, a community that includes four First Nations south of Edmonton. Each year they celebrate the saint as one of their own.

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Alvare: Society needs church’s ‘gorgeous prescriptions for human love’

Americans continue to pursue “this ridiculous path” of “unlinking sex and marriage and kids, while calling what is actually falling apart flying,” said one of America’s foremost Catholic feminist thinkers.

“All the while [they’re] hurtling toward a collision with the ground,” said Helen Alvare, founder of the activist movement Women Speak for Themselves and a law professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia.

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