The 2017 archive of Daily News

Betsy Kneepkens: Fatima pilgrimage was a blessing to my faith

Posted by Kyle Eller

I know that I have had more opportunities than most Catholics. My parents sacrificed to send my 12 siblings and me to Catholic schools, both grade school and high school, and nearly all of us attended Catholic colleges. My parents instilled the value of weekly Mass attendance, and while ... Read More »

Rocking at Built Upon a Rock Fest

Posted by Kyle Eller

When the day’s emcee Father Ryan Moravitz asked the crowd at Built Upon a Rock Fest Sept. 17 if they wanted to do it again next year, there was no mistaking the answer in the big cheer that followed.

The gorgeous late summer Catholic rock concert drew more than ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Combating racial disparities can begin in three important places

Posted by Kyle Eller

Racial disparities continue to persist in American life. As a response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently instituted a new initiative to fight racism in all its forms.

Though racism — irrational animus toward others based on their skin color, ethnicity, or race — is a sin within ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: ‘Deaths of despair’ point us in the direction of ‘the margins’

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Deaths of despair.”

That’s the jarring term being used to describe a spike in deaths from opioid addiction, as well as from drug and alcohol addictions more generally and from suicide. This spike is showing up in Minnesota and elsewhere around the country. Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

According to a ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Diocese producing an abundance of blessings, old and new

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his store room both the new and the old” (Matthew 13:52). Recently, the “store room” of the Diocese has been producing new and old blessings in abundance.

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Daughter of St. Gianna Molla coming to Duluth Oct. 30

Posted by Kyle Eller

“I like the idea of having a child of a canonized saint here, and having people have as close as they can to a tangible experience of a saint,” said Father Richard Kunst.

His parish, St. John in Duluth, will be offering just that Oct. 30, when it hosts ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Gender ideology is colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

Posted by Kyle Eller

Our schools should be places where children are trained to pursue the true, the good, and the beautiful — or, at the very least, equipped to honestly and rationally engage with objective reality. A school should be a place of education, not ideological instruction.

But a “transgender toolkit,” approved ... Read More »

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

Posted by Kyle Eller

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 ... Read More »

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

Posted by Kyle Eller

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 ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Let’s renounce our sins, not just confess them

Posted by Kyle Eller

Question: I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been praying and I’ve been to confession (repeatedly), but I seem to commit the same sins. Even worse, I know that Jesus promised that we would receive a closeness to God when we call out for him, but I haven’t experienced that.

Answer: Thank you so much for writing. I think that your experience sounds a lot like most people in the church. Now, when I say that, I don’t mean “most people who don’t care about getting close to the Lord” in the church. What you described is what most people who are showing up and who long to be closely connected with God are experiencing every day. We want God so desperately, but we don’t seem to be able to experience his presence and his power. So what do we do? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father ... Read More »