The Northern Cross

Deacon Kyle Eller: Jesus — and his church — are for sinners

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

I saw an Internet post the other day that moved my heart. A woman who was unmarried and eight months pregnant said she felt called to be baptized and received into the Catholic faith. She had reached out to Catholic strangers on the Internet because she was afraid, not ... Read More »

Editorial: Pastoral guidance on gender issues 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

One of the great controversies confronting our state and nation over the past several years is what Pope Francis has called “gender ideology,” which involves the idea that biological sex can be radically separated from the social expression of gender, such that someone who is biologically female could “really” ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Christ’s own ‘non-negotiable’

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

In Catholicism there are certain non-negotiables, things you have to adhere to in order to be a faithful Catholic. Here are just a few examples: As Catholics we have to recognize the authority of the pope; no matter who the pope is, whether you like him or not, to ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: The state of priestly vocations in the United States and in the Duluth Diocese

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Every Sunday, our parishes pray the Diocese of Duluth Vocations Prayer. All of us are familiar with the need for more good and faithful priests. We know that we are not unique in our need for priests.  Father Nick NelsonHanding on the Faith

On the other hand, we may ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Nobody dies better than faithful Catholics

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Nobody dies better than faithful Catholics. 

Last month, I shared my story of the death of my beloved father-in-law. Within a two-week period, five other people connected to my faith family passed on to their final journey. At my age, I have had many close people die, including folks ... Read More »

Critchley-Menor awarded by Duluth magazine 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

Patrice Critchley-Menor, director of social apostolate for the Diocese of Duluth, was given the Rosie Award, named for Rosie the Riveter, by The Woman Today magazine, in a gala event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth March 8. 

Each year the ... Read More »

Diocesan ‘mission fields’ being defined

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross 

When Bishop Daniel Felton promulgated the pastoral letter “The Dawn from on High Shall Break Upon Us: Healing, hope, and joy in Jesus” last Christmas, one of its core concepts was what the bishop called “mission fields.” 

Those mission fields are where initiatives ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Clergy assignments 

Bishop Daniel Felton has made the following clergy assignments: 

Effective May 1 to Sept. 1, 2023, the Rev. Justin Fish, from pastor of Resurrection, Eveleth, and St. Joseph, Gilbert, to sabbatical. 

Effective May 1, Deacon Daniel Schultz, from deacon of Holy Spirit, Virginia, to administrator of Resurrection, Eveleth, and St. Joseph, ... Read More »

Minnesota’s bishops meet with lawmakers to advocate for policies that put families first 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Inside the Capitol 

It is no question that the family plays an irreplaceable role as the first economic unit, the first classroom, and the first community that each of us experiences. And parents perform the irreplaceable work of nurturing the next generation of thinkers, artisans, and caregivers. So, as ... Read More »

Obituary: Benedictine Sister Sarah Smedman, 91 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Sister Sarah Smedman

Benedictine Sister Sarah Smedman was born June 18, 1931, in Norway, Michigan, and died March 19 at St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. Her father was transferred from the mines in Michigan to Hibbing when she was 10 years old, and the family later moved to Kelly Lake. She ... Read More »