The Northern Cross

Obituary July 2019

Posted by Megan Carlson

Benedictine Sister Marguerite Baxter, 94

Sister Marguerite Baxter, OSB, age 94, died at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth on Tuesday, June 4, in her 72nd year of consecrated life.

Born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on February 22, 1925, she was the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Scully) Baxter. The youngest ... Read More »

Priesthood jubilees 2019

Posted by Megan Carlson

60 years Father Noel Stretton

Father Noel Stretton was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend John McQuaid, D.D. at All Hallow’s in Dublin, Ireland, on June 14, 1959, for the Diocese of Duluth.

Father Stretton is the son of Michael and Margaret Stretton. He attended high school ... Read More »

Bishop Sirba blesses parish building projects, leads procession in Brainerd

Posted by Megan Carlson

The Northern Cross Bishop Paul Sirba blesses St. Francis Church in Brainerd with holy water. The parish recently completed a $3.5 million building project to improve parish facilities. (Submitted photo)

Parishes in the Brainerd area had a lot going on June 22-23, as Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba was present ... Read More »

New Ulm Diocese reaches bankruptcy agreement

Posted by Megan Carlson

The Northern Cross

The Diocese of New Ulm, its parishes, and victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse reached a $34 million settlement in its bankruptcy case, the parties announcedJune 26.

“The settlement represents our commitment to finding a fair resolution for victims and survivors of sexual abuse while ... Read More »

Editorial: Freedom of conscience still needs defending

Posted by Megan Carlson

The Second Vatican Council declared that “the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Dealing with the weariness of our seemingly endless culture war

Posted by Megan Carlson

Many years ago, at the height of the Iraq War, I got an email newsletter from a well-known evangelical Protestant pro-life and pro-family group. In it was a deeply unworthy column mocking concerns over the torture of prisoners that had come to public prominence at that time. Deacon Kyle ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: As son prepares for marriage, some inspiration from Mary

Posted by Megan Carlson

One year from now, my oldest son plans to stand at the altar with his soon-to-be bride and promise her that his love is total, faithful, fruitful, and free. Most parents know there are many big deals in your children’s lives but few, if any, is more significant than ... Read More »

Jean Virant: Catholic school principal — a.k.a. ‘chief servant leader’

Posted by Megan Carlson

Diocese of Duluth administrators participated in an informative book study this year. “Redeeming Administration: 12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders in Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, and Other Institutions,” by Ann Garrido, chronicles Catholic school administrator’s joys, duties, and challenges. Garrido comments that the principal’s day is beset by many ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: There is pain that is good for us

Posted by Megan Carlson

Not long ago, I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car in front of me that simply said, “existence is pain.” The immediate thought that came to mind was how bleak this person’s outlook on life must be. Viewing life and existence itself through the lens ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: That document on youth from Pope Francis — worth reading?

Posted by Megan Carlson

I heard that the pope wrote a document on youth recently. What are the main takeaways? Is it worth reading? Father Michael SchmitzAsk Father Mike

Since one of the roles that our bishop has given me has been as the director of the Office of Youth Ministry, I had ... Read More »