Summer is the perfect time for us to work on our relationship with Jesus Christ. It isn’t expensive, but it will cost you your life. Cardinal Francis George, OMI, former Archbishop of Chicago, recently deceased, used to remind people “that the poorest of the poor is not the one who lacks material things but the one who does not know Jesus Christ.” (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
More than 150 people came to Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet June 27 to view and venerate the relics of two English martyrs — St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More — during the hour and a half the Strength of the Saints tour’s visit to the Diocese of Duluth. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
May 25 marked the deadline for filing claims of sexual abuse of minors under an agreement entered into as part of the bankruptcy process for the Diocese of Duluth. Duluth Bishop Paul D. Sirba issued a statement here. The bishops of Minnesota have also released a statement on the end of the three-year lifting of the statute of limitations for civil suits on sexual abuse cases. Read that statement here.
ANNIVERSARY MASS: The third annual Anniversary Mass and luncheon, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. Fourth St., Duluth. The Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Paul Sirba. A luncheon will follow at Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St. The event is for couples from the Diocese of Duluth celebrating the marriage milestones of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or more years. All are welcome to the Mass. However, space for lunch is limited to the first 150 people who reserve a space. Click here for registration information.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The 11th annual Diocesan Assembly will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marshall School in Duluth. The speaker will be Sherry Weddell on “Making Disciples.” The assembly is open to everyone. For more information or to register, click 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.
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.