Diocese of Duluth

New program rolls out for safe environment training

With continued emphasis at the local, national and international levels on improving safe environment programs, the diocese’s program to protect children and young people has seen some major upgrades over the summer. The three main components to the changes: a new, more efficient, paperless online way to administrate the program; new child protection training for adults; and a new youth safety training program called Circle of Grace. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

3rd Annual Respect Life essay contest

To promote the ability of middle school and high school students to articulate respect for life, the Diocese of Duluth is again sponsoring an essay contest. This year’s theme is “Every Life Is Worth Living.” We encourage all middle school and high school students to participate. Essays must be turned in to your parish and postmarked no later than Dec. 11. Prize money will be award to first-, second- and third- place winners in each category. For more information, click here.

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Allow the Year of Mercy to open and soften your heart

Before we know it the Year of Mercy will be upon us. “O, happy fault!” Pope Francis strongly desires that this Extraordinary Holy Year be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. He says the call is “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action” (Misericordiae Vultus, 3).  (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Upcoming events

ORDINATION: Five men — Ralph Bakeberg, James Philbin, Carl Provost, Timothy Richardson and Grant Toma — will be ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Paul Sirba at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.

CATECHETICAL LEADER MEETING: A catechetical meeting for DREs and youth ministers will be held Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be an online meeting.

DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING: The Diocese of Duluth will join the Minnesota Catholic Conference and dioceses across the state in marking a “Statewide Day of Fasting and Prayer in Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect for Human Life” in December. Details to be announced.

YEAR OF MERCY: The Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis will begin Dec. 8, and each diocese will open a Door of Mercy on Dec. 13. Additional details to be announced.

MEN’S CONFERENCE: The 2016 Catholic Men’s Conference for the Diocese of Duluth is set for Feb. 13 at Marshall School in Duluth. The speaker is Father Bill Baer, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Register online here.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The fourth annual Women of Faith conference will feature speaker Colleen Carroll Campbell, author of “My Sisters the Saints,” at Marshall School in Duluth Feb. 27. Registration information to be announced.

WORLD YOUTH DAY: Pilgrims from the Diocese of Duluth will travel to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, from July 19-31, 2016.


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.