The Northern Cross

Editorial: Pray for peace

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

If the global pandemic and major civil upheaval and even political violence in the United States over the past few years haven’t convinced us that we are living in strange, unpredictable, and consequential times, events unfolding across the world in response to the invasion of Ukraine should do the trick. 

It seems sometimes as if the whole geopolitical world map is being rewritten in a matter of days, with nations rethinking their whole foreign policy approach, old alliances being revitalized and new ones formed, and some being broken. The world economic system and other forms of “soft power” are being brought to bear in an unprecedented way to try to stop, or at least punish, the invasion. The threat of nuclear weapons looms larger than it has in decades, recalling scenes from the worst days of the Cold ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: We must not treat sacred things as good luck charms

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I hope he does not mind my saying this in a column, but Bishop Felton likes to call his priests. It is a pretty common occurrence for our current bishop to randomly call us priests just to check in and see how we are doing. The last time he ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Duty to raise children in the faith extending beyond confirmation

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

While taking pictures after my last child’s confirmation, a friend of mine came up to me and said, “Thank God I am done, all four are through, and I don’t have to worry about this anymore.” It was not the time or place to ask her what she meant ... Read More »

Duluth Diocese launches ‘Let’s Listen’ initiative 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

The Northern Cross 

The Diocese of Duluth in February launced a new initiative called “Let’s Listen” to better understand the spiritual needs of the people of northeastern Minnesota and discern the next step in the church’s mission. 

Let’s Listen will primarily consist of small group listening sessions throughout the ... Read More »

The Psalms: The church’s song book 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire 

I had the extraordinary experience last month of recording all 150 Psalms for the new Catholic Hallow App. Over the course of several sittings, sequestered in a tiny studio, I endeavored to communicate the intelligence, passion, and devotion of the person (more likely ... Read More »

Supporting women and working families at the forefront of Catholic advocacy as session starts 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Minnesota Catholic Conference Inside the Capitol 

Minnesota Catholic Conference staff are monitoring a flurry of bills including paid family leave, and a constitutional amendment that would empower judges to create new modes of discrimination based on the ambiguous concept of gender.  Rebellion against the sexes 

There is much talk today ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Clergy assignments

Bishop Daniel Felton has made the following clergy assignments, effective April 4.

Father Elias Gieske has been assigned as pastor of St. Joseph, Crosby, and Our Lady of Fatima, Garrison. He had been pastor of Holy Family and St. Lawrence in Duluth.

Father Anthony Craig has been ... Read More »

Schools: Catholic Schools Week celebrated the Olympics too

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Gabe Johnson Guest columnist

Catholic Schools Week celebrations are the best! I remember all the fun I had as a student during this special week. Games and activities filled the week as we took a little step back from all the rigors of schoolwork and enjoyed and celebrated ... Read More »

Schools in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Virtual tour

(Submitted photo)

The students at the St. James and Holy Rosary Campuses of Stella Maris Academy recently had a chance to virtually experience a tour of the National Mall in Washington D.C., as well as tours of National Parks, the Sistine Chapel, Paris, and the Vatican. Thanks ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

March 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 »