Diocese of Duluth

USCCB president announces effort to address ‘moral catastrophe’

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops. The following statement includes three goals and three principles, along with initial steps of a plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican. A more developed plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November. Read more >>

Prayer in reparation and for mercy

As part of our ongoing response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, Bishop Paul Sirba invites you to a Holy Hour for Reparation on Sunday, Oct. 7. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration and the rosary will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth. Please attend. Read Bishop Sirba’s October column >>

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Sins behind abuse crisis must be ‘confessed, rooted out, and repaired’

I know the answer is Jesus Christ. Hope is found in the dying and rising of Jesus. The day of restoration and renewal will happen through the mercy of Jesus and our full cooperation in the work of the Redemption of Jesus Christ. I can also hear Jesus saying, “I’ve got this.” Read more >>

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Highlights

ANNIVERSARY MASS & DINNER: Couples celebrating a marriage year milestone of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, or more are invited to the fifth annual Anniversary Mass & Dinner on Oct. 6 with Bishop Sirba. Begins with 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with dinner to follow at Holy Rosary School. All are welcome to Mass; space for dinner is limited to the first 150.

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

Bishop Paul Sirba: A call to pray in reparation and for mercy

On Oct. 7, we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. The date recalls the famous Battle of Lepanto. In preparation for this defensive battle, St. Pius V ordered Christians in the year 1571 to say the Rosary daily, and before the battle, he ordered a day of fasting and prayer. The faithful made pilgrimages to shrines, like the shrine of the holy house of Loretto. He also ordered the troops to live their lives in harmony with Christian morals or teachings. On the day of the battle, the entire Christian army knelt and received Holy Communion.

The battle was a turning point for Christianity in Europe.

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Father Michael Schmitz: What to make of the crisis in the church?

Father, what do you make of what is in the news about the church and scandal?

First, it cannot go without saying that the grand jury report that came out of Pennsylvania is the most horrific and vile thing I have ever read. What priests did to innocent children is beyond shocking. It is absolutely incomprehensible. The further cover-ups and compromises are without excuse. This news is literally the most evil I have ever heard of. Full stop. There is nothing more to be said on that, except that there is a need for the church to do everything possible to care for victims and to be purged of all forms of evil.

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Deacon Kyle Eller: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?’

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

I came into the church with my eyes pretty wide open.

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