Diocese of Duluth

Coronavirus resource page

The Diocese of Duluth is continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its effect on our region and our local church. For more information on steps the Duluth Diocese has taken, recommendations that have been given, and resources for further information, see the following link: Read more >>

Father Michael Schmitz: Is Christianity about relationship, not religion?

Of course we are brought into a new and miraculous relationship with God through his Son, Jesus. What a massive gift! But there has been this strange rise in a false dichotomy between faith in Jesus and faith in the church he founded. You find more and more people who maintain that they “love Jesus but not the church.” It is even another step away from the truth to claim that a person doesn’t need the church. Read more >>

Diocese announces additional measures to stem Covid-19

In the new directive, all public Masses are suspended through April 20, effective Friday, March 20. (Priests may celebrate a private Mass without a congregation.) In addition, the diocese has cancelled all gatherings of more than 10 people and said that even in smaller gatherings, those vulnerable or showing any signs of illness should stay home, and all present should practice good hygiene and “social distancing” policies such as remaining six feet apart.  Read the memo >>

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Upcoming events

CATECHETICAL INSTITUTE DAY (UPDATE): The Diocese of Duluth Catechetical Institute Day has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to low registrations, in the hopes that more people can take advantage of this opportunity. Those who have registered have been contacted. Please check back later for the yet to be determined event date.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The eighth annual Women of Faith Conference, scheduled for March 28, has been cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus. Please watch for further details.


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.

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Daily News

Livestream options for Mass

During this time of suspended public Masses, there are a number of places, both within the diocese and outside of it, where Mass is available via livestream.

A prayer of Spiritual Communion may be made at the appropriate time of the Mass, or at any time of the day or multiple times of the day:

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Duluth Diocese announces additional measures to stem Covid-19 

March 18, 2020 — In a directive today, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, announced additional temporary measures to help stem the spread of Covid-19.


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Duluth Diocese dispenses Catholics in the region from Sunday Mass obligation

March 13, 2020

In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) across the world and now to Minnesota, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, has dispensed Catholics in the diocese from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the duration of the crisis.  

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