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125th anniversary celebration to include Eucharistic Procession through Duluth Sept. 12

Entire diocese invited to witness to and celebrate Catholic faith

The Northern Cross

Celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth, which kicked off last October, will end in a big way, with all the faithful of the diocese invited to join together in a public Eucharistic Procession through the City of Duluth on Sept. 12.

The event, which will end with Mass and a celebration at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, is meant to be both a public witness to the faith and a celebration of it. Diocesan officials have also revealed a theme for the anniversary: “Celebrating 125 Years: Our Story, Our Faith.”

This large closing celebration for the whole church is still in the planning stages, but in the meantime there are still anniversary events taking place in other parts of the diocese, by deanery.

The Virginia Deanery gets things rolling first, on March 1 at 3 p.m. The event will take place at St. Martin in Tower and include Mass and a history presentation.

On its heels is the Hibbing Deanery. There will be a holy hour and history presentation at St. Joseph Church in Grand Rapids March 8, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Cloquet Deanery is next, with prayer, a meal and a history presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet.

The Brainerd Deanery’s event will inclue a holy hour, a blessing of volunteers, a meal and more at St. Francis Church in Brainerd Sunday, Aug. 16, in the afternoon.

Pope Leo XIII established the Duluth Diocese in 1889 and named its first bishop, James McGolrick, a few months later. Celebration of the anniversary began last October with Bishop Paul Sirba, the diocese’s ninth bishop, transferring the diocesan patronal feast, Our Lady of the Rosary, to Oct. 5 and celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth.