Daily News

Day of Fasting and Prayer set for Jan. 22 in Diocese of Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

A Day of Fasting and Prayer in Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect of Human Life will be held across the entire diocese Jan. 22.

Initially organized by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, similar events are being held in other dioceses across the state, beginning in early December. ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Past abuse of children calls us to point to the mercy of Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

Recently, I received a letter from a parent whose son had been abused by a priest some years ago. Healing is still happening.

She wrote: “As a mother of a son abused by a priest, I know the effects of the abuse. However, the ones who have to deal ... Read More »

Allow the Year of Mercy to open and soften your heart

Posted by Kyle Eller

Before we know it the Year of Mercy will be upon us. “O, happy fault!” Pope Francis strongly desires that this Extraordinary Holy Year be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. He says the call is “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may ... Read More »

Diocese of Duluth responds to court decision

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Diocese of Duluth made the following response available to media Nov. 4 regarding a recent court case: The Diocese of Duluth does not dispute the claim of sexual abuse in the court case decided today. We have great sympathy for the victim, and we support his right and ... Read More »

Five to be ordained permanent deacons Nov. 22

Posted by Kyle Eller

Ralph Edward Bakeberg, James Patrick Philbin, Carl Peter Provost, Timothy Dean Richardson and Grant William Toma are set to be ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Paul Sirba at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. This follows the ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: What’s the meaning of suffering?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I’ve been hurting a lot lately, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. It seems like no matter what I do, nothing changes. If God has been trying to teach me a lesson, I think I’ve learned it by this point. Thank you so much for writing. ... Read More »

Catholics urged to join campaign of prayer, fasting Oct. 16-24

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholics are urged to join in prayer and fasting Oct. 16-24 for the conversion of people and nations, peace in the world, a renewed culture of life in the United States and spiritual blessing on the Synod of Bishops on the family. The 23rd International Week of Prayer and ... Read More »

Our patronal feast

Posted by Kyle Eller

From my youthful years this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life. … The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always found comfort. Twenty-four years ago ... Read More »

New program rolls out for safe environment training

Posted by Kyle Eller

With continued emphasis at the local, national and international levels on improving safe environment programs, the diocese’s program to protect children and young people has seen some major upgrades over the summer. Ernie Stauffenecker, director of safe environment for the Diocese of Duluth, said there are three main components ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Pilgrimage to papal visit brings great graces

Posted by Kyle Eller

As I rode the train from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, I was texting Betsy Kneepkens, our director of marriage and family life, and Father Anthony Craig, pastor of St. Mary’s in Deer River, St. Joseph’s in Ball Club, Sacred Heart in Federal Dam and St. Anne in Bena, and ... Read More »