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Local News in Brief - August 2016

The Northern Cross - August 2016
Local News in Brief

Father Fider celebrates 50 years

Father Bill Fider celebrated his 50th jubilee with a Mass of Celebration on June 24 at St. Lawrence Church in Duluth. Those in attendance say there was so much positive energy in the church that day it seemed the pews and walls were vibrating from the congregation’s participation and the music was beautiful. Father Fider gave a homily about starting out as a young priest 50 years ago in Grand Rapids and how grateful he is that God has brought him safely through these years. There was a celebration after Mass at Greysolon Ballroom, which reached its capacity with well-wishers.

Bishop celebrates Mass at Side Lake

Each summer, Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth celebrates Mass at Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Side Lake. During this year’s visit, he also welcomed Alexis Ann Ciochetto into the Catholic Church, claiming her for Christ, through the sacrament of baptism. The liturgy was followed by a picnic lunch.

Gilbert honors Father Flynn

The Gilbert community honored Father Charles Flynn during its Fourth of July parade by designating him the grand marshal. Father Flynn retired in July after 47 years of service as a priest in the Diocese of Duluth. In retirement, Father Flynn will continue to live on the Iron Range.

Anniversary Mass and luncheon

Couples from the Diocese of Duluth celebrating marriage milestones of 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more years are invited to the Diocese of Duluth’s third annual Anniversary Mass and Luncheon Sept. 25. Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Paul Sirba, and lunch will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth. All are welcome at Mass, but space for lunch is limited to the first 150 who reserve a space. The lunch will be free for the celebrating couples; however additional family members are $10/person. The cost per family member will increase to $15 per person on Sept. 12, and all reservations for lunch close on Sept. 19. For more information, please go to the Diocese of Duluth website at

Gimaajii Mino-Bimaadiziyaan Opens in Duluth

Paralleling with Catholic social justice principles, this new facility, the first project of its kind in the nation, combines permanent supportive housing with an American Indian Center. Residents receive counseling, case management services, advocacy, support services and cultural activities. Based on an understanding of multi-generational family structure and recognizing the isolation from family, friends, culture and spiritual support systems many homeless Native people experience, Gimaajii will create a safe place where families can interact with others who share similar traditions, histories and common issues. Gimaajii has 27 units of permanent supportive housing for families, single individuals and elders, and an American Indian Center with services, cultural and recreational opportunities. Owned by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) this facility was designed to meet the housing and cultural needs of Native Americans with the goal of helping participants change their lives and nd generational poverty. Gimaajii Mino-Bimaadiziyan is an Ojibwe phrase that means, “Together we are beginning a good life.”

Peter Kreeft to speak in Duluth

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D, professor of philosophy at Boston College, author and internationally- known apologist, will be speaking at three events in Duluth. He will be the featured speaker at the Catholic Medical Association’s dinner at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St., Duluth, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., addressing pro-life issues. The dinner and talk follow the 5 p.m. White Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. Tickets for the dinner and presentation are available through Kreeft will also speak earlier in the day on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Rosary School on the topics of evangelization in a relativistic culture and sexual orientation issues in our society. His third talk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Rosary, where he will share his conversion story. No registration is needed for these two talks. All of these events, including the White Mass, are open to the public. Contact Dr. Gordy Harvi ux at Gordon. or Liz Hoefferle at (218) 724-9111 for information.

Sister Teresa Mary joins Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Religious Sister of Mercy Mary Marta Abbott announced the upcoming arrival of three new Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, to the Diocese of Knoxville. One, Sister Teresa Mary Kozlovski, is a native of Duluth. She entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma in 2005 after graduating from high school. In 2012, she graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in human biology. She professed perpetual vows within her institute in 2013. She recently graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine with a doctor of medicine degree. At the commencement, Sister Teresa Mary participated in the quartet that sang both the opening (the National Anthem) and closing (Alma Mater) songs. She will be pursuing her graduate medical education in the internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Sister Teresa Mary is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Kozlovski. Also joining the Diocese of Knoxville are Sister Anna Marie McGuan, from Gary, Indiana, and Sister Anne Miriam Crouche, originally from Sydney, Australia. The Religious Sisters of Mercy, with its Motherhouse located in Alma, Michigan, is a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right dedicated to the spiritual and corporal work of mercy. Established in 1973 in response to the renewal called for in the Second Vatican Council, the institute recognizes Venerable Catherine McAuley as its foundress.

DRE and youth minister orientation

An orientation for new DREs and youth ministers will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to p.m. at the Pastoral Center, 2830 E. Fourth St., Duluth. Topics will include the role of the DRE/YM, curriculum standards for catechesis, approved textbooks, Safe Environment responsibilities, event policies and youth ministry basics. Please RSVP to Annette Merritt at or (218) 724- 9111 by Aug. 15.

Sister Harvey marks 70th jubilee

Thirty-four Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are celebrating jubilees this year, one of whom has ties to the Diocese of Duluth. Sister Marie Brendan Harvey, a 70-year jubilarian, is a native of Chicago. Currently, she ministers as the moderator of Providence High School Alumnae, in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Sister Marie Brendan entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1946, from St. Angela, Chicago. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1953. She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in music. She earned a master’s degree in music from Catholic University of America. Her Diocese of Duluth ministry was as a liturgical consultant for St. Michael Parish in Duluth from 2006-12. Sister Marie Brendan has also ministered in Indiana, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Montana, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

St. Scholastica opens new science center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the College of St. Scholastica’s new Health Science Center took place June 22 at 940 Woodland Ave., Duluth. The three-story, 45,000-square-foot building is St. Scholastica’s first-ever academic building in Duluth located away from the main campus at 1200 Kenwood Ave. Students in St. Scholastica’s graduate physical therapy and occupational therapy programs will start taking classes there this summer. Students in a new physician assistant program will begin classes there in fall 2017 pending final accreditation. College leaders, local officials, students, faculty and staff members attended the celebration. Bishop Paul Sirba, St. Scholastica Monastery Prioress Sister Beverly Raway, Sister Clare Marie Trettel and Sister Mary Josephine Torborg blessed the building.

Father Nelson teaches on marriage

The topic of the sacrament of matrimony was under discussion at the first session of the summer series “Theology Around the Fountain” at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing. The short synopsis on marriage examined why marriage is meant to be permanent, exclusive, faithful and life-giving. Father Nick Nelson, associate pastor, presented the topic covering the themes: marriage as an image of the Blessed Trinity; the reciprocal love between God the Father and God the Son is so intense that, from that love proceeds the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit; in marriage, the love between the spouses, in addition to its unitive purpose, is ordered to the procreation of children. St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, referencing the relationship between Christ and the church as a model of marriage, was also discussed