Diocese of Duluth

Deacon John WeiskeNew deacon leader knows his way around program

For the first time in about three decades, there is a new face at the helm of the deacon formation program for the Diocese of Duluth. Deacon John Weiske took over the role this summer after Deacon David Craig retired from the position July 1. Read more >> (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

Catholic groups unite to help Iraqis ousted by extremists
Credit: R. Nuri UNHCR-ACNUR via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Catholic Relief Services and Caritas have agreed to a common plan to help those who have fled from their homes in the portions of northern Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State. (CNA) Read more >>

Bishop Paul SirbaLost sense of responsibility on immigration?

Congress is nearing the end of its term and, as of yet, has not enacted a comprehensive immigration reform package that creates a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Upcoming Events

CAMP SURVIVE: Camp Survive, for students who have completed grades 6 through 8, is going on through Friday, Aug. 8, at Big Sandy Camp in McGregor.

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: The diocese's 9th Annual Assembly will be held at Marshall School, Duluth, on Oct. 4. Featured presenter is international speaker Thomas Smith, co-author of Walking Toward Eternity. Registration available here.

MORE EVENTS: For many more events in parishes and more throughout the diocese this month, see the calendar of events from the August issue of The Northern Cross.

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.

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.