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Minnesota bishops discuss priorities with governor, legislators

Posted by Kyle Eller

For Minnesota’s bishops, a recent day of meetings with Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators in St. Paul was an opportunity to build relationships and discuss the church’s public policy priorities. “The biggest value [of a day like this] is to get to know the people,” said St. Cloud ... Read More »

Reconcile with God, resurrect hope in others, pope urges at Easter

Posted by Kyle Eller

Easter is a feast of hope, a celebration of God’s mercy and a call to pray for and assist all who suffer, Pope Francis said before giving his solemn blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).

The risen Jesus “makes us sharers of his immortal life ... Read More »

Chrism Mass is today at 5:30 p.m.

Posted by Kyle Eller

The annual Chrism Mass, which takes place during Holy Week each year and during which the diocesan bishop blesses the Holy Oils that are used in the sacraments throughout the year, will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The Mass ... Read More »

Attempt to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota withdrawn after Senate hearing

Posted by Kyle Eller

An effort to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota appears to be dead after the bill’s author withdrew her legislation March 16. More than two hours of public testimony on S.F. 1880 included 17 physicians, nurses, attorneys and members of the disability community who warned of the grave dangers assisted ... Read More »

Men’s and women’s conferences engage crowds

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year’s diocesan women’s conference, keynoted by well-known Catholic media personality and former presidential speechwriter Colleen Carroll Campbell, was the biggest yet. Organizers say that the Feb. 27 event, held at Marshall School in Duluth, drew perhaps 475 people counting volunteers and vendors. Betsy Kneepkens, director of the marriage ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Year of Mercy has been full of graces so far

Posted by Kyle Eller

Graces abound during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. On a recent visit to St. James School in Duluth, I had the privilege of celebrating an all school Mass prepared by the fifth graders. I also visited the classrooms for some Q&A, got an excellent tour from the principal and ... Read More »

24 Hours of Confession at the Cathedral Friday

Posted by Kyle Eller

In his document outlining his plan for the Year of Mercy, one initiative Pope Francis emphasized was something he called “24 Hours for the Lord,” a period of 24 straight hours of confession that he wanted to be held in every diocese in the world.

“So many people, including ... Read More »

Fish Fries 2016

Posted by Kyle Eller

Here are some of the area fish fries taking place at parishes in the Diocese of Duluth during Lent. February 12: Queen of Peace (Cloquet); St. Francis (Brainerd). February 19: St. John, St. Raphael (Duluth); St. Francis (Brainerd). February 26: Cathedral, St. Benedict, St. Raphael (Duluth); St. Francis (Brainerd). ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: The Year of Mercy and the unforgivable sin

Posted by Kyle Eller

As I wrote in the December edition of The Northern Cross, the Holy Year that Pope Francis called for 2016 is a pretty big deal. The tradition of Holy Years has been around for more than 700 years, and the fact that the current one is not in the ... Read More »

Father Paul Larson — ‘one of our diocesan characters’ — dies unexpectedly

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Father Paul, or ‘Parson Larson,’ as we sometimes called him, was one of our diocesan characters,” said Father William Graham, in Father Paul J. Larson’s funeral homily at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing Jan. 25. “Often, when Paul would speak or even just appear, one of us priests would ... Read More »