Diocese of Duluth

Media coverage of pope's gesture on confession causing confusion

Pope Francis recently announced that during the Year of Mercy, which runs from Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016, he is granting all priests “the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.” Unfortunately, largely due to the complicated meaning of that gesture in Church law, some of the media coverage has been terribly inaccurate and has ended up causing confusion and pain — including for some of the very people this gesture was intended to help. (Blog) Read more >>

Pope Francis has arrived!

Are you looking for some resources to follow the papal visit to the United States? Here are some options. Read more >>

Bishop Paul Sirba
Recent, upcoming events show the Eucharist is ‘source and summit of our faith’

As I look back over the month of August and look ahead to the month of September, the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life in our diocese. I offer a few examples that you can add to your own meditations about the Eucharist, as we thank God for giving us Jesus as our food for the journey. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Upcoming Events
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” is the theme of the 10th annual Diocesan Assembly. Presented by the Augustine Institute, there will be breakout sessions for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. The focus is on making lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ. The assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. Click here for more information.

ANNIVERSARY MASS AND LUNCHEON: Couples celebrating a marriage year milestone of 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or more are invited to the diocese’s second annual Anniversary Mass & Luncheon on Oct. 11 with Bishop Sirba. Noon Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary with lunch to follow at Holy Rosary School. All are welcome to Mass; space for lunch is limited to the first 150 registered people. Please register here.

MORE EVENTS: For information on additional, see the calendar from the September 2015 edition of The Northern Cross here.


STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available here. You can find an update on what’s been implemented so far here.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Bishop Paul Sirba, in December 2013, released names of clergy credibly abused of sexual abuse of a minor. More information is available here. Statement from Father James Bissonette on Father Timothy Backous, OSB, is available here.  Statement from Fr. Eric Hastings, Chancellor regarding Fr. Nicholson and Fr. Klien here.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Diocese of Duluth has released its audited financial reports. Please see the document here.

COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.