Pope Francis asks us for a thoughtful reading of the document. It is long and will take some time to digest. I propose approaching it like you would a book of the Bible in a parish Bible study. Gather a group of friends and read it chapter by chapter over time. Receive it like a personal letter the Holy Father has addressed to you. Ask questions and relate the teaching to your own life. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
Deacons Jeremy Bock and Beau Braun were ordained June 3 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. Two men will be ordained to the priesthood June 3 at 4 p.m.
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.
ORDINATIONS: The Diocese of Duluth will be ordaining two men to the transitional diaconate on Thursday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, and two men to the priesthood at 4 p.m. June 3, also at the Cathedral. A holy hour will be held on June 2 from 11 a.m. to noon in advance of the ordinations, and confessions will be heard on June 3 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.
WORLD YOUTH DAY: Pilgrims from the Diocese of Duluth will travel to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, from July 19-31, 2016.
RELICS TOUR: The relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher will be coming to Minnesota this summer, including a stop at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, June 27. The two saints exemplified courage and conviction in the face of persecution. Both were prominent 16th century Englishmen who stood against King Henry VIII’s attempted supremacy over the Catholic Church and accepted martyrdom instead of abandoning their faith.
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.