How do Christians respond to persecution? I refer you to an excellent report prepared in partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Research Project. Aid to the Church in Need closely collaborated as well. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
Bishop Paul Sirba has made a series of clergy assignments effective July 12, including assignments for newly ordained priests Father Jeremy Bock, Father Beau Braun, and Father Steven Langenbrunner. Get all the details. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
The new unified Catholic school in Duluth has a new name — Stella Maris Academy — and officials have also announced a search for the school’s first president. Please see the following resources:
DIOCESAN 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.
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.