The Northern Cross

Betsy Kneepkens: Mater Dei Apostolate is an answer to prayers

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Betsy KneepkensFaith and Family

Growing up outside Chicago proper, my 12 siblings and I attended five different Catholic high schools. My parents had the opportunity to select a Catholic high school that best matched each of their children’s needs. At one time, there were three of us going ... Read More »

Stella Maris moving forward on high school plans

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Deacon Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

In early February, officials with Stella Maris Academy, the diocesan Catholic school in Duluth, announced that they will be moving forward with plans to offer a high school education, beginning no later than Fall 2022.

Stella Maris was formed in 2017, with what ... Read More »

Clergy assignments

Posted by Kyle Eller

Father James Bissonette, diocesan administrator, has made the following clergy assignments, effective Jan. 6, 2021:

Father Michael Garry, from pastor of Resurrection, Eveleth, and St. Joseph, Gilbert, to administrator of St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Brainerd.

Father Thomas Galarneault, from pastor of ... Read More »


Posted by Kyle Eller

Editor’s note: In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, schedules are changing rapidly. Festival of Lessons and Carols The musicians of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary will be hosting the first annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Due to ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: What is the point of the Last Judgment?

Posted by Kyle Eller

I understand that when we die, we are immediately judged by God. It is my understanding that we either then go immediately to hell or heaven (via purgatory if necessary). If that is the case, why is there something called the “Last Judgment”? Are we judged again? Is it ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Apparent ‘contradiction’ in the Gospel sheds light on being a living witness

Posted by Kyle Eller

The seminary I went to had a heavy emphasis on writing papers, whereas other seminaries might put more focus on test-taking. Mine was one in which I felt like it was a continuous stream of producing papers that no one would ever read except for the professor. Father Richard KunstApologetics

I remember one of the cardinal rules about writing papers for my scripture classes was to never “proof-text.” In a nutshell, proof-texting is taking biblical quotes out of context to argue a particular point. Proof-texting could easily get you into trouble, because if you take certain quotes out of context, it would appear that the Bible is full of ... Read More »

Schools in brief

Posted by Kyle Eller

Registration open

Registration at the Catholic schools in the diocese is now open. Please contact your school for more information.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St., 56401; (218) 829-2344;; [email protected]

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., 55720; (218) 879-8516;; [email protected]

Duluth: ... Read More »

Schools: Focusing on virtues helped our schools as 2020 comes to an end

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Jesse MurrayGuest columnist

As we approach the end of 2020, we reflect on the goodness that can come from a pandemic year. The tenets of our Catholic faith guide our instruction and eventually our perspective on life. We see challenges as opportunities and grow closer in our relationship ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Kyle Eller

Respect Life Essay Contest

The annual Respect Life Essay Contest sponsored by the department of Marriage, Family and Life of the Diocese of Duluth has begun. The essay contest strives to promote middle- and high-school students’ ability to articulate the arguments for respecting life. This year’s theme is “Live ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: How can we handle the ‘perpetual outrage machine’ as Catholics?

Posted by Kyle Eller

It’s always interesting when very great and holy saints and even doctors of the church seem to give conflicting advice — like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis de Sales do on the timely and important topic of anger. Deacon Kyle EllerMere Catholicism

Ours is an angry time. Although ... Read More »