The Northern Cross

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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

March 2022

The Bridges of Hope Brainerd Area Warming Shelter is in need of items such as hand warmers, gloves, blankets, cleaning products, and coffee. For a full list of current needs, visit their wish list at

The CHUM Duluth Outreach Program is in need of gift cards ... Read More »

Rally speakers confident about abortion law changes but see work ahead

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By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service 

Speakers at the annual March for Life on Washington’s National Mall Jan. 21 spoke of a likely tipping point in the current protest against legalized abortions in the United States, but they also urged the crowd to remain vigilant in their advocacy and support ... Read More »

Nonpublic schools doing more with less; bi-partisan opposition to assisted suicide

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By the Minnesota Catholic ConferenceInside the Capitol

Minnesota has a longstanding policy that certain financial supports are allocated for all K-12 students irrespective of a family’s choice of school, including textbooks, nursing services, transportation, and counseling aid. Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), and an interfaith coalition of nonpublic school stakeholders ... Read More »

MCC looks to stop gambling expansion, support policies benefiting families

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By Joe TowalskiThe Central Minnesota Catholic

With the start of the 2022 Minnesota legislative session on Jan. 31, among the top policy priorities for the Minnesota Catholic Conference will be stopping efforts to legalize sports betting in the state, increasing supports for nonpublic school students, and ensuring the budget ... Read More »

Diocese announces Respect Life essay contest winners

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

The Office of Marriage, Family, and Life at the Diocese of Duluth recently held its annual Respect Life essay contest for middle and high school students. This year, students wrote on the theme “Protector of Life from Conception to Natural Death.”

Runners up are:

Middle school

Second place: Hollis ... Read More »

Archbishop Hebda stresses conversion during ordination of new bishop 

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By Maria Wiering Catholic News Service 

Surrounded by the Spanish-speaking people he has ministered to throughout his two decades as a priest, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph A. Williams was ordained a bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Book of the Gospels is placed over the head of ... Read More »

Stella Maris, Mater Dei to operate ‘as-is’ for coming school year while exploring possible future collaboration

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By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

A January letter signed by Bishop Daniel Felton, Stella Maris Academy President Andrew Hilliker, and Mater Dei Apostolate Executive Director Marie Mullen, and issued by Bishop Felton’s office, indicates that “on-going conversations” have been taking place “exploring opportunities for collaboration and cooperation” between ... Read More »

Editorial: Supporting Catholic schools

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Each year as Catholic Schools Week rolls around, we are invited to consider the role of Catholic education in the mission of the church. When we consider that it is part of the mission of passing on the faith to the next generation and helping Catholic parents to fulfill ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Catholic high school makes this Catholic Schools Week special

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I am a proud alumnus of Nazareth Acadamy, a small Catholic college preparatory outside of Chicago, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph. I loved my experience at Naz, as we called her. I was able to participate in whatever outside class experience I wanted. It was just a ... Read More »