The Northern Cross

Why the supposed conflict between science and religion is tragic nonsense

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire 

Just last week, I had the joy of speaking at Youth Day at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. My audience was about four hundred high school students from around the country, and my topic, at the request of the organizers of the ... Read More »

Catholic conference speaks up for economic and criminal justice

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Inside the Capitol Larger surplus affirms need to provision families

The big news at the Minnesota Capitol is that our state government has a budget surplus for the ninth consecutive year. What was expected to be a $7.7 billion surplus is now up to a record $9.25 billion in ... Read More »

Serrans live out our diocesan vocation prayer

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Karen Newstrom Guest columnist 

The first time I heard about the Serra Club, I actually misheard. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why my friend was so eager to share with me his enthusiasm about the club he was involved in and had no idea he ... Read More »

Obituary: Father John Francis Doyle, 98

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Father John Francis Doyle, 98, passed away on March 20, 2022, at Benedictine Living Community in Duluth. He was born in Ironwood, Mich., on Oct. 17, 1923, to John Arthur and Florence Dickinson Doyle. Father Doyle attended St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood, Mich., then went on to college ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Clergy assignments

Bishop Daniel Felton has made the following clergy assignment, effective July 1:

Father Benjamin Hadrich, from in residence at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth, to chaplain of Stella Maris Academy, Duluth.

Bishop Felton also made the following clergy assignment, effective immediately:

Deacon David Brown from ... Read More »

Schools in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik


Queen of Peace School in Cloquet will host a Masquerade Mardi Gras event April 30 and is seeking donations for large raffle and auction items, as well as volunteers. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase after weekend Masses and at the parish office during the week. Please ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Fun run 

Thirsty for adventure, fun, and the outdoors? Sign up for an adventure run in northern Minnesota on Saturday, July 30. This fun, family-friendly event features courses (marathon, half-marathon, and 5K) that will wind through the Superior National Forest. Races will begin and end in Hoyt Lakes. Free ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

April 2022 Editor’s note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, schedules can rapidly change. Mass on TV The Diocese of Duluth sponsors a televised Mass at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on WDIO-Duluth and WIRT-Hibbing. Donations ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: 'OK, boomer' and the humility offered by original sin

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

“OK, boomer.” 

That annoying, smug dismissal grew popular among the young over the last couple of years and may have reached peak naivete in a few random Internet comments I read in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. One comment seemed to identify the Russian invasion with the ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Fasting: What’s the big deal?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Lent is a time of repentance and renewal. It’s about recommitting ourselves to knowing, loving, and serving God and loving our neighbor as Christ loved us. To help us, the church has prescribed three traditional practices, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Jesus speaks of these three in the Sermon on ... Read More »