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Five ordained to permanent diaconate

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross — The Diocese of Duluth has a large new class of permanent deacons. Five men — Ralph Bakeberg, James Philbin, Carl Provost, Tim Richardson and Grant Toma — were ordained by Bishop Paul Sirba Nov. 22 at the Cathedral of Our Lady ... Read More »

Year of Mercy: Holy Door for the Diocese of Duluth will open Dec. 13 at the Cathedral

Posted by Kyle Eller

One of the ways to celebrate the Year of Mercy is the tradition of the Holy Door, which pilgrims may pass through — a practice which involves a plenary indulgence.

In addition to several Holy Doors opened in Rome by Pope Francis Dec. 8, dioceses can have their own ... Read More »

Diocese of Duluth files for bankruptcy

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the wake of last month’s court decision and its $8.1 million judgment, of which the Diocese of Duluth has been found responsible for $4.9 million, we have today filed on an emergency basis for bankruptcy protection in order to reorganize under Chapter 11. The necessity of this decision ... Read More »

Frequently asked questions on the judgment against the Diocese of Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

What happened, exactly?

The Diocese of Duluth was sued by a man who says that he was abused by Father J. Vincent Fitzgerald, a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in 1978 at St. Catherine of Siena in Squaw Lake. Fitzgerald was not a priest of the Diocese ... Read More »

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 »