Diocese of Duluth

Bishop Sirba gives homily
125 years of sharing the story of Jesus

Bishop Paul Sirba, diocesan clergy and a group of the faithful gathered for Mass Oct. 5 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary to mark the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth, kicking off a year of commemoration. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope’s official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops. (CNS) Read more >>

Bishop Paul Sirba
Family, marriage, consecrated life all in the spotlight

Recently, our Holy Father announced he was coming for his first visit to the United States to attend the eighth World Meeting of Families in September 2015. “I wish to confirm according to the wishes of The Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” said Pope Francis. “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.” (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

The Northern Cross

Upcoming Events

DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY: A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Duluth kicked off with the Diocesan Assembly and with a Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 5. Deanery celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth:

Brainerd: A holy hour, blessing of volunteers, meal and more will be held at St. Francis Church in Brainerd Sunday, Aug. 16, in the afternoon.

Cloquet: To be announced.

Duluth: Events will be held Sept. 12 at the DECC. Additional details to be announced.

Hibbing: A holy hour and history presentation will take place at St. Joseph Church in Grand Rapids March 8, beginning at 5 p.m.

Virginia: Mass and a history presentation will take place March 1 at St. Martin in Tower, beginning at 3 p.m.

MEN’S CONFERENCE — The Duluth Catholic Men’s Conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Marshall School Auditorium in Duluth. The featured speaker is Deacon Ralph Poyo, from North Carolina, a sought-after speaker for Franciscan University Steubenville Youth Conferences and a founder of New Evangelization Ministries. Register online at www.duluthcatholicmen.org.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE — The third annual Catholic Women’s Conference is scheduled for March 7 at Marshall School Auditorium in Duluth. The two features speakers are Hallie Lord, author, editor and founder of the Edel Gathering, speaking on the beauty of the church’s teaching on the vocations of marriage and authentic womanhood, and Kelly Wahlquist, assistant director of the Catechetical Institute for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Register here.

MORE EVENTS:  For information on additional, see the calendar from the December 2014 edition of The Northern Cross here.

Issues

STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available 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.