The Northern Cross

Father Nicholas Nelson: Getting Jesus’ early years right

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

We are still in the Christmas season, and the infancy narrative events for the liturgical year don’t end until Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple on Feb. 2. Looking at Jesus’ early years, it can be hard to put all the events of the infancy ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Even the weird Bible passages are pertinent to us

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

There is some really weird stuff in the Old Testament, and sometimes it shows up in the readings at Mass, more often in the weekday readings because there are obviously more of those than Sundays. It is easy for priests, who preach every day, to skirt past these readings ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Trusting Jesus in the midst of suffering

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

It must have been February 2007 when I made my first formal silent retreat in a hermitage at Pacem in Terris in St. Francis. Looking out the window of my hermitage at the oak trees in the winter woods and praying, I found myself meditating, as I often do, ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Dealing with Post Joy Stress Disorder

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Only four of our six children made it home for Christmas. In all fairness, our entire family was together for a family vacation during Thanksgiving. We didn’t do anything Christmassy, but everyone understood that it was our family celebration for the Holidays. Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

I am learning ... Read More »

Parishioner turning 108 still lives at home 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Father Richard Kunst For The Northern Cross 

The priesthood affords me the opportunity to meet so many different people, which is a great part of working in ministry. Every so often I get to know a person who really makes an impact on me, a parishioner whose story is ... Read More »

Year in Review: Stories from 2021 in the Diocese of Duluth 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

The Year of Grace 2021 was another eventful one in the Diocese of Duluth, as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, presenting many challenges for the church and her members. However, as we review the year, it’s clear that at least one joyful story ... Read More »

Schools: Women religious are important part of Catholic education’s past — and future

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By David DouglasGuest columnist

As principal at Queen of Peace Catholic School, I participate in what I call “the great American Catholic school mission.”

In 1884, our parish schools were made the top social priority of the American church, at the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. At that council, ... Read More »

To spend or not to spend? That is NOT the question.

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Inside the Capitol

State legislators are debating what to do with a massive budgetary windfall – an approximately $7.7 billion surplus. The news of the surplus prompted the governor and legislative leaders from both parties to voice their spending and tax cut proposals.

Democrat legislative leaders voiced support for ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Deacon James ‘Jim’ Edwin Vande Kamp

James ‘Jim’ Edwin Vande Kamp, of Northome, was greeted by his Lord and Savior on Dec. 6, 2021. He was born to Robert C. and Mary (De Hamer) Vande Kamp on June 1, 1943, at the family farm near Prairie City, Iowa. Jim ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Clergy assignment

Father John Petrich has been assigned as administrator of St. Joseph in the Duluth Heights neighborhood, in addition to his chaplaincy duties, effective Nov. 27, 2021. 700 Boxes of Joy contributed to Cross Catholic Outreach

  (Submitted photos)

St. Joseph’s parish in Grand Rapids, has been filling ... Read More »