Saturday’s Eucharistic Procession and Mass in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Duluth leaves one at a loss for words.
From 11 a.m., when buses and shuttles of people, young and old and of every vocation, started arriving at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary to the massive 4:30 p.m. Mass at the DECC and through the stunningly perfect late summer day in Duluth in between, it was a time of communion, of peace, of prayer, of joy, of evangelization and of love.
It’s hard to get a certain count, but estimates are that 2,500 to 3,000 people participated in the procession, at Mass or both, and the procession itself often stretched for blocks, even from the beginning of the four-mile route, which made prayer stops at Sixth Avenue East, St. Mary’s and the Damiano Center. Another highlight was at St. Mary’s, where Father Ben Hadrich was able to leave the hospital and briefly carry the monstrance.
To see hundreds of photos and other social media coverage, don’t miss the following resources:
The diocesan web page, especially this photo gallery.
The Twitter stream of The Northern Cross.
This beautiful YouTube video from Father Ryan Moravitz.
Search for the hashtag #duluthcatholic125 on Twitter and Facebook, where you can find lots of posts from participants in the events.
Duluth media coverage included stories in the Duluth News Tribune and on Northland’s News Center, WDIO and FOX 21.
If you participated and would like to share your brief thoughts for possible inclusion in coverage for The Northern Cross, please email them to me at [email protected].
— Kyle Eller