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Father Richard Kunst: Did Jesus have a ‘total recall’ memory?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

There is a difference between being smart and knowing a lot, though people tend to confuse the two as being one and the same. I am pretty good at trivia games, and I have lots of data in my brain for the things that I am most interested in, ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: ‘The Churching of Women’ — give it a try!

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

On Feb. 2, we celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. It is the day we remember Mary and Joseph bringing the newborn Jesus to the Temple 40 days after his birth. It is there that they meet Simeon and Anna the prophetess. Father Nick NelsonHanding on ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Ministry of lector

On Jan. 16, His Excellency Joseph Augustine Di Noia, adjunct secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, conferred the ministry of lector in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State, on several seminarian students, including ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

February 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 »

Life news in brief

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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 »

Schools in brief

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Stella Maris Academy open houses

Stella Maris Academy will be holding its Countdown to Kindergarten events on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its St. James and Holy Rosary Campuses. Register for an hour-long session and get more information at They will also be ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

February 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 Warming Center is in need of adult size ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Getting Jesus’ early years right

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

We are still in the Christmas season, and the infancy narrative events for the liturgical year don’t end until Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple on Feb. 2. Looking at Jesus’ early years, it can be hard to put all the events of the infancy ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Even the weird Bible passages are pertinent to us

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

There is some really weird stuff in the Old Testament, and sometimes it shows up in the readings at Mass, more often in the weekday readings because there are obviously more of those than Sundays. It is easy for priests, who preach every day, to skirt past these readings ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Trusting Jesus in the midst of suffering

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

It must have been February 2007 when I made my first formal silent retreat in a hermitage at Pacem in Terris in St. Francis. Looking out the window of my hermitage at the oak trees in the winter woods and praying, I found myself meditating, as I often do, ... Read More »