The priest’s opening greeting at Mass, and the words of Jesus after his Resurrection from the dead to his disciples, are words for us today. Our world has never been a settled place, one without conflict. Rather, we hope and work for peace in our hearts first, then within our families and then spreading to our neighborhoods, cities, state and beyond. The ripple effect is the expression of our love for our brothers and sisters in need and brings peace. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
“Like everyone else, I am only at the beginning of the process of reading, receiving and praying about Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the new apostolic exhortation on the family by our Holy Father Pope Francis. What is already clear is that the Holy Father continues to call us to receive the fullness of the faith as it has been given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ, including its teaching on marriage, and to live it out with the Heart of Jesus, in mercy and welcome, with attention to the weak and wounded ....” Read more >>
For Minnesota’s bishops, a recent day of meetings with Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators in St. Paul was an opportunity to build relationships and discuss the church’s public policy priorities. “The biggest value [of a day like this] is to get to know the people,” said St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler. It helps bishops and legislators to better understand each other’s goals and values, he said. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>
WORLD YOUTH DAY: Pilgrims from the Diocese of Duluth will travel to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, from July 19-31, 2016.
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.