Diocese of Duluth

‘A tragic error’: statement from USCCB on marriage ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Read more >>

What you need to know about the big Eucharistic Procession Sept. 12

The date is getting closer! On Sept. 12, the Diocese of Duluth will complete its celebration of the diocese’s 125th anniversary with a Eucharistic Procession through downtown Duluth, culminating with Mass and a reception at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. To help you make your preparations, here are some of the nitty-gritty details on exactly where to go and how to get involved. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Pope’s new encyclical is both pro-creation and pro-life

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (Laudato Si’ 160). This question is at the heart of the new encyclical Laudato Si’, which Pope Francis issued last month. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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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. Remaining deanery and diocesan 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.

Duluth: There will be a Eucharistic Procession in the City of Duluth for the entire diocese, followed by Mass and a celebration at the DECC Sept. 12 at the DECC. Additional details to be announced.

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.

MORE EVENTS:  For information on additional, see the calendar from the July 2015 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. 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.