The Northern Cross

Betsy Kneepkens: Sending a son off to college, hopefully rooted in faith

Posted by Kyle Eller

Walking on the sidewalk early one summer day, I looked down and noticed tens of thousands of little “helicopter seeds” lying all around. These helicopter seeds came from a couple of large maple trees in the area. I have always loved these seeds, and as a child, and sometimes ... Read More »

Abortions down in annual Minnesota abortion report

Posted by Kyle Eller

Abortion numbers have dropped in eight of the last nine years in Minnesota to their lowest level since 1974. Officials at Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life attributed the drop in part to the success of lifeaffirming laws that provide women with abortion information and alternatives and empower them to ... Read More »

Father Brandon Moravitz: Steubenville trip ignited faith and service in young people

Posted by Kyle Eller

Holy Spirit parish in Virginia, St. Mary’s parish in Cook and Resurrection parish in Eveleth had the great privilege of sending 48 of their teens and adults on a summer pilgrimage of faith to the Steubenville Mid-America Conference early in July. I have told many that it is incredibly ... Read More »

Jason Adkins: Debt, sustainability and solidarity

Posted by Kyle Eller

As we commemorate the passing of one year since Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’ (“On the care for our common home”), it is worth reminding ourselves how the pope’s re-presentation of Catholic social doctrine through the lens of “integral ecology” can help us address some of the ... Read More »

Aubry Haben: Support the Seminarian Appeal this month

Posted by Kyle Eller

We are blessed to have 13 seminarians in formation this fall. Please pray for them as they open their hearts to a life of sacred service in the Diocese of Duluth.

The Seminarian Appeal, which should have arrived by now to every home, is one way in which we ... Read More »

Editorial: Violence, turmoil are invitation to consistent ethic of life

Posted by Kyle Eller

Blessed are the peacemakers, Jesus said, for they will be called children of God.

We don’t know if police chief Gordon Ramsay, formerly of Duluth and now of Wichita, Kansas, is Christian, but like many in northern Minnesota, we were edified to see him making a positive difference, as ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: Extended time without power suggests I’ve lost a sense of silence

Posted by Kyle Eller

My house was in one of the “ground zero” neighborhoods in Duluth, so we were without power for more than five days.

That created a few hardships, as you might imagine. Instead of our mostly electric kitchen appliances, we did cooking on a camp stove. We packed what we ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: World Youth Day promises to be an overflowing of mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

Saint Paul tells us: “athletes deny themselves all sorts of things; they do this to win a crown of leaves that withers, but we a crown that is imperishable” (1 Corinthians 9:25).

Three years ago in Rio de Janeiro, the site of this year’s Olympics, Pope Francis offered the ... Read More »

Massive storm damages cemetery, parishes

Posted by Kyle Eller

Northern Minnesota has been no stranger to severe summer weather the past few years, from the historic floods of 2012 to another round of flooding this year and severe weather in places like Deer River.

The latest storm hit Duluth and left tens of thousands of people without power, ... Read More »

Duluth parish to offer Latin Mass beginning in Advent

Posted by Kyle Eller

People nourished by the Latin Mass got some welcome news in July when Father Joel Hastings, pastor of St. Benedict Church in Duluth and director of liturgy for the Diocese of Duluth, announced that beginning in Advent the parish’s noon Mass on Sunday would be offered in Latin.

At ... Read More »