The Northern Cross

A message from the Sirba family

Posted by Kyle Eller

To the People of the Diocese of Duluth,

Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy and consolation at the sudden passing of our beloved brother, your shepherd, Bishop Paul Sirba.

The hundreds of cards we have received were full of ... Read More »

Obituaries January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

Father Clement Nicholas Gustin, 94 Father Clement Nicholas Gustin

The Crosier Fathers and Brothers mourn the loss of Father Clement “Clem” Nicholas Gustin, OSC, who was born Oct. 2, 1925, to Michael and Rose (Schmidt) Gustin in Flasher, North Dakota.

He died in Onamia Nov. 2, 2019 at Mille ... Read More »

News in brief January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

Last Mass at Immaculate Conception Church

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, parishioners gathered at the church of the Immaculate Conception for the final Mass. The church has a long history dating back to 1906 in North Hibbing, moving to Hibbing in 1920, and the current church ... Read More »

MCC releases new Laudato si’ study guide

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Northern Cross

The Minnesota Catholic Conference, Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is excited to unveil its newly developed “Minnesota, Our Common Home” resources: the “Study Guide Version,” and “Ecological Examen.” These two publications act as satellite resources to the educational text, entitled ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Learning holiness from Bishop Sirba’s conversations

Posted by Megan Muhich

One of my good friends, a fellow deacon, once gave what I think is the best description of what it was like talking to Bishop Paul Sirba: When you spoke to him, it seemed as if he had been waiting all day for that conversation. It was as if ... Read More »

Faith in the Public Arena: Of monuments and imperfect men

Posted by Megan Muhich

When the painting “Father Hennepin Discovering the Falls of St. Anthony” (1905), along with another painting depicting the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, was removed from its central position in the Governor’s Reception Room of the Capitol to an out-of-the-way meeting space on the third floor, it was ... Read More »

Life news in brief January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

Hibbing deanery Novena of Masses for life

The Hibbing Deanery will be celebrating a Novena of Masses for life. A light social will follow each Mass. Parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass at their own parish and as many of the deanery Masses as possible. The Masses are as ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Society should at least recognize Jesus as a great man

Posted by Megan Muhich

Editor’s note: Betsy Kneepkens wrote this column intending it for the December issue of The Northern Cross.

Our Wisconsin neighbors are debating the name of the tree they cut down, placed in front of the capitol, and decorated with a science theme. Years ago, it was called a Holiday ... Read More »

School news in brief January 2020

Posted by Megan Muhich

Prayer buddies 


St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School students in Brainerd enjoy some time getting to know their prayer buddies all while learning a lesson in reverence. The school started in an assembly hearing the story of “Grant the Ant Learns to be Reverent” and then broke ... Read More »

Jesse Murray: How do Catholic school standards differ from other schools?

Posted by Megan Muhich

As a reader of this publication, you have an interest in our faith, what is taught, and what is learned. How much do you know about the curriculum outcomes (also organized as standards) fulfilled by the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth? What do the Catholic schools use ... Read More »