As I am writing this article, I am also packing my suitcase to leave for Rome. I will be attending the diaconate ordination of Daniel Hammer on Sept. 30 at St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Wilton Gregory will be the principal celebrant at the ordination. It is a great privilege for me to represent the Diocese of Duluth at the soon to be Deacon Daniel’s ordination celebration. And you have to admit, with his first name being Daniel, he is going to be a great deacon! Read more >>
The Duluth Diocese has been offered a grant opportunity by the Schulze Foundation. Individual schools have been offered matching grants which would provide $400,000. The Office of Catholic Schools has been offered an additional “Challenge Matching Grant” of $50,000, which will support Catholic schools by providing principals professional development, enhancing educational excellence through innovation and technology, and increasing enrollment. The deadline for this matching grant is Dec. 31. Please consider helping us reach our goal with a gift. On our donate page, use the Catholic Schools Advancement entry.
TOBIT: The Theology of the Body Immersion for Teens retreat will be held Jan. 7-9, 2022 for grades 9-12. Information and registration.
RESTORED: An adult retreat called Restored will be held Jan. 21-23, 2022 for ages 21 and older. Information and registration.
TBD: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many upcoming events remain uncertain.
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.
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.
12/02/21 1:13 pm
Many years ago when I was having a conversation with a brother priest, I had expressed to him something that had me upset. I have no recollection of what I complained about, but I will never forget how he responded. In a voice that a parent would have used to talk to their infant child, he said, “You are such a victim! Yes you are! Yes you are! You are such a little victim.”
Father Richard KunstRead More
12/02/21 1:10 pm
We are coming to the end of the Year of St. Joseph. It will end on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. I thought it would be fitting to consider St. Joseph in this last column before the year of St. Joseph ends. It is also relevant now that we are in the holy season of Advent and the time of the year we hear about Joseph in many of our Masses leading up to Christmas.
Father Nick NelsonRead More
12/02/21 1:09 pm
“No one has ever been hated into agreement.”
Back in early 2020, I remember hearing the buzz about a speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast. The speaker was Arthur Brooks, a Catholic academic and former president of a conservative think tank whose work has focused on economics and culture. His message was straight from the words of Jesus himself — “love your enemies” — as he argued that the biggest crisis facing America and many other countries is “the crisis of contempt.”Read More