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Families First Project moves forward as a new Minnesota Child Tax Credit gains momentum

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Inside the Capitol 

“Public authorities have the duty to sustain the family … the family does not exist for society or the State, but society and the State exist for the family” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, no. 214). 

This is a bold calling, and as ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Learning from a second Dad how to live without bitterness

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Adversary balloons are flying in space, and a horrific war is happening. Violence using weapons has dramatically increased since COVID began. People without appropriate shelter plague every large city in this country. The rate of loneliness has been the highest since recording began, and the number of suicides has ... Read More »

Editorial: Continuing to pray for peace 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

It’s now been a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the war goes on, taking its dreadful toll. Over that year, other nations around the world, including our own, have been drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict, through sanctions and countless billions of dollars in arms shipments and ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: When doubt creeps in

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Perhaps this might sound like I am stating the obvious, but I feel like I have a pretty strong faith. Faith is a gift, so I certainly do not take it for granted, and yet in saying I have a strong faith I also have to admit that from ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Virginity, the more excellent state

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

The other week while I was on retreat, I came across a collection of letters written either to St. Therese of Lisieux or by her. One in particular really struck me. It was written by Therese when she was already at Carmel to her sister, Celine, who was discerning what ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Serenity Prayer offers needed wisdom in how we spend our energies

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

One of the first prayers I remember encountering outside of going to church or praying before bedtime was the short version of the Serenity Prayer. Attributed to the Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, it came into widespread use through Alcoholics Anonymous, especially the first few lines. The version I learned ... Read More »

Bishop Daniel Felton: This Lent, surrender to the deep healing Jesus desires for you

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

These are exciting times! At this time, the whole diocese is in a process of discerning and identifying “mission fields” as the first step to implementing my Pastoral Letter, which you can find in both written and audio form at the diocesan website, ... Read More »

Ask Father Mike: How do I grieve as a Christian?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Someone I love recently died. I know that we believe in life after death, but I am still struggling. Am I wrong to be sad? Is it OK that I wish they were still here?   Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

Thank you so much for your question. And please ... Read More »

Bishop Felton celebrates Rite of Election

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

On Feb. 27, the first Sunday of Lent, Bishop Daniel Felton celebrated a liturgy at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary welcoming those seeking the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. 

Called the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call ... Read More »

Seminarian interview: Peter Specht

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

What seminary are you attending and where are you in the formation process? 

I am currently attending Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul. I am in theology 1 or as the new terminology that Rome has just asked us to begin using, I am in configuration stage 1. 

When is ... Read More »