Daily News

St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

Posted by Kyle Eller

A general dispensation has been granted from Bishop Sirba from the obligation of abstinence from meat on March 17, 2017, the Commemoration of Saint Patrick.

Those taking advantage of the dispensation are encouraged to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, prayer, or an act of comparable ... Read More »

Deacon’s story makes it into ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book

Posted by Kyle Eller

Deacon Michael Knuth is well known across the diocese for his ministry in the Brainerd deanery, his work as a spiritual director, his many years of past service in vocations and more.

What you may not know about is his literary side.

But readers of the venerable “Chicken Soup ... Read More »

Two busy weekends!

Posted by Kyle Eller

There are some interesting and important events going on in the diocese this weekend and next.

Tonight, at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Church in Cloquet, Curtis P. Chambers, former chair for the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa, will share his snowshoe adventures of following in the ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Think about how will we approach this Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

How will we approach Jesus this Lent?

In describing their own relationship with Jesus, many of our Confirmation candidates refer to him as their friend. Perhaps the verse from Saint John’s Gospel comes to mind, “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his ... Read More »

Conference registration open for men and women

Posted by Kyle Eller

The annual diocesan conferences for men and women are both coming up in March, and early registration periods are coming to a close, so if you’ve been putting it off, today is as good a day as any to get registered.

First out of the gate is the Men’s ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: A tribute to Holy Rosary School as a last child graduates

Posted by Kyle Eller

Thirty-plus years ago my husband and I made the decision to plant our roots in northern Minnesota. We knew that came with some benefits, but this decision also came with some challenges. My husband was mostly raised in the Green Bay area, and I grew up outside Chicago. At ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Catholics, it’s time to come to the Capitol!

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year, the bishops of Minnesota are hosting an exciting event in St. Paul on March 9 called Catholics at the Capitol. With critical issues such as the legalization of assisted suicide and persistent family poverty at stake, Catholics concerned with life and human dignity cannot afford to miss ... Read More »

Editorial: Taming our tongues in a world of constant protest

Posted by Kyle Eller

Lately it seems like “another day, another protest.” People certainly have a lot to say. And in many respects that is important, necessary and good. We serve the common good when we bear witness to the true, the good and the beautiful.

At the same time, it bears reflection ... Read More »

Liz Hoefferle: Evangelism and an active faith life begin with prayer

Posted by Kyle Eller

I’m beginning to see a pattern emerge.

Our church leaders continue to remind us that the work of evangelization begins with prayer. Sherry Weddell has taught us that intentional discipleship and the subsequent manifestation of charisms require a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pope Francis recently encouraged a continuation ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Forgotten saint’s story shows how we should love the Eucharist

Posted by Kyle Eller

Those who have been following my columns over the years have likely noticed my affection for the saints. Often in these columns I have explored anew the stories of some of the more popular saints that many of us as least know of by name.

The true love of ... Read More »