The Northern Cross

Colette Geary: Honoring the Duluth Benedictines, women of faith and vision

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Colette GearyGuest columnist St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth recently marked its 125th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, the College of St. Scholastica is hosting special events with the handcrafted Saint John’s Bible through the spring of 2019. We hope that Catholics and people of goodwill from throughout ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Not one, not two, but the three comings of Christ

Posted by Kyle Eller

Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus,” meaning the “coming” or “arrival.” The arrival of what or who? The arrival of a king. And for us, the arrival of “The King,” Jesus Christ. But if you pay attention to the prayers and readings during Advent, the focus isn’t only ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: What does it mean for something to be blessed?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I recently became Catholic and keep hearing about all of the stuff you have that is “blessed.” Someone even gave me a holy card that they said had been blessed. I like the idea, I just don’t know what it means for something to be blessed. I am glad ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Inviting ‘Christmas and Easter Catholics’ back to Mass should be our main goal

Posted by Kyle Eller

I like to bring humor into classes I teach and homilies that I preach, because I think humor is a good way to get through to people about the importance of faith. As I look back on my ministry I remember many times when certain points of humor were ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Which children are really ‘sheltered’? Those who don’t know about Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

Some have suggested that my husband and I have sheltered our children. I cannot deny the fact that we intentionally made decisions to shield our kids from potentially harmful situations or incidents that would negatively impact the foundation we were trying to provide them. I am not just talking ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Combatting the ‘evil within’ is our first responsibility

Posted by Kyle Eller

In politics today, people have fallen into the habit of condemning the evil in other persons, groups, structures, or oppressor classes, while they themselves embrace the role of victim. It is hard to see a way out of our current predicament, other than a new Great Awakening through a ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: G.K. Chesterton can teach us about progress

Posted by Kyle Eller

One of my favorite G.K. Chesterton quotes (though that’s a long list) comes from his underrated book “Heretics”: “As enunciated today,” he wrote, “‘progress’ is simply a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative.” Part of Chesterton’s genius is his ability to point out what is both ... Read More »

Editorial: A season of fresh starts

Posted by Kyle Eller

At the end of this month, a new year on the calendar will begin. And as this newspaper goes to press, a new year in the church calendar has already begun with the beginning of Advent. For whatever reason, perhaps because they establish a convenient starting point, those moments ... Read More »

Father Ryan Moravitz: The story of Mallory Norrell and her family needs to be shared

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Father Ryan MoravitzGuest columnist Craig and Lori Norrell already had three children who were all in their pre-teen or teen years. Life was good. But Lori had a deep sense that God wanted more for them. She started praying for Craig to be open to reversing his vasectomy, ... Read More »

Obituary - December 2018

Posted by Grace Romanek

Father Francis Paquette

Father Francis Paquette, 86, passed away on Nov. 23, 2018. He was born on Dec. 24, 1931, to Frank and Emily (Godbout) Paquette. He attended high school at St. Jean Baptiste in Duluth; college at Crosier Seminary in Onamia; philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary ... Read More »