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Local Briefs - November 2014

The Northern Cross - November 2014

Local News in Brief

St. Raphael Knights engage in service

St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Council 6791 members have signed up for prayer at the Adoration Chapel at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Duluth. They also assisted the St. Teresa’s Circle at St. Raphael’s by moving the leftover books from the book fair to Savers, a used-a-bit store in Duluth, for recycling. The council also funded half of a table for the Duluth Area Catholic Schools dinner in September.

Kateri Circle calls on artists

Sts. Joseph and Mary Kateri Circle of Deer River is in need of a picture of St. Kateri Tekakwitha for its banner and is calling on artists to submit pictures. The banner will be seen at conferences and gatherings across the United States. Applicants are asked to draw a picture of St. Kateri and submit it along with their name, address and telephone number to Sts. Joseph and Mary Kateri Circle, P.O. Box 98, Deer River, MN 56636. The drawing should be no smaller than 8 1/2” x 11”. It can be in color or black and white. You may go online to see depictions of St. Kateri at All submitted drawings must be original and will become the property of the Kateri Circle. Submit drawings by Jan. 2, 2015. The winner will be announced Jan. 12 and will win $50.

Benedictine Center issues call to artists

The Benedictine Center is issuing a call to Minnesota artists to participate in its fourth annual Juried Art Show planned for Jan. 29 to March 6. The submission deadline is Jan. 14. Awards totaling $375 will be distributed to the top three winners. Called “Seeing God,” the show provides a venue for artists who think deeply about their work and whose creativity helps viewers experience the divine. According to Sam Rahberg, director of the center, “We believe art can be an interpretive lens into the mystery of God, so we are looking for works that capture that deep sense of wonder.” Contest rules, guidelines and entry forms, can be found on Click on the Benedictine Center tab and then “Art & Spirituality,” or call (651) 777-7251 or email:

Catholic Medical Association event in the Diocese of Duluth

Bishop Paul Sirba celebrated a White Mass Oct. 18 for healthcare professionals in the Diocese of Duluth at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. Following the event, St. Raphael’s Guild, a chapter of the Catholic Medical Association, sponsored a dinner at Holy Rosary School for healthcare professionals and their families. Dr. Dan Skorich, president of the guild, gave a brief history of the Catholic Medical Association and then introduced Dominican Father Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, a Ph.D. from MIT and a professor of biology at Providence College in Providence, R.I. Father Nicanor presented a talk on “The Role of Virtue in End of Life Care.” He shared his experiences as a hospital chaplain, which were both touching and humorous as he described himself as a “Geek for God.” He suggested how to deal medically and spiritually with people’s three fears surrounding death: fear of pain, fear of a prolonged death and fear of a lack of meaning in their lives. For more information about the St. Raphael’s Guild chapter of the Catholic Medical Association in the Diocese of Duluth, please see its website at

Catholic daughters

Catholic Daughters Court St. Margaret Mary 605 of International Falls held a dual ceremony Oct. 14, first installing new officers, followed by the reception of four new members into the court. The district deputy Kathy Bastianelli was in attendance to perform the installation ceremony. New officers are Carol Qualey, recording secretary; Betty Ericson, treasurer; Judy Potter, financial secretary; Jeanine Alich, regent; and Mary Morrisseau, vice regent. New members include Linda Vellieux, Colleen Qualey, Julie Hindman and Jennifer Stevens.

Serra Ministry hosts dinner for seminarians

The Serra Ministry of Duluth does a variety of activities each year to support vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and consecrated religious life in the Diocese of Duluth. On Oct. 8, a group from Serra Ministry hosted a dinner for the Diocese of Duluth seminarians at the Green Mill restaurant in St. Paul. Seminarians able to attend the dinner included Chris Wilson, Ben Lenari, Kevin Ryan, Matt Miller, Beau Braun, Charlie Friebohle, Paul Strommer and Jeremy Bock. Those interested in learning more about the Serra Ministry are encouraged to contact Bill Ohnsted at