Diocese of Duluth

Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain journalist

In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. (CNS) Read more >>

U.S. Bishops release Labor Day statement

This year Pope Francis canonized Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Both made immense contributions to the social teaching of the Church on the dignity of labor and its importance to human flourishing. St. John Paul II called work "probably the essential key to the whole social question" (Laborem Exercens, No. 3) and St. John XXIII stressed workers are "entitled to a wage that is determined in accordance with the precepts of justice" (Pacem in Terris, No. 20). (USCCB) 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 >>

The Northern Cross

Upcoming Events

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.

DIOCESAN ANNVERSARY: A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Duluth will kick off with the Diocesan Assembly (above) and with a Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, followed by a simple reception. The diocese’s patronal feast day, Our Lady of the Rosary, which is normally celebrated on Oct. 7, will be transferred to this special Mass.

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.