The Northern Cross

Schools: Continued development of a Catholic liberal education

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Jesse Murray Guest Columnist 

It amazes me how much a child learns and achieves in the first four years of their life. As a principal who is professionally figuring out effective instruction and learning, what is so special about those years and a child’s learning? Infants go from blank ... Read More »

Schools in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Bishop visit 

 (Submitted photos) 

On Jan. 18, Bishop Daniel Felton visited St. Thomas Aquinas School in International Falls. Students engaged in many liturgical roles, such as reading the scriptures and prayers as the entire school gathered to celebrate Mass. Following Mass, Bishop Felton spent time with each class, introducing himself to ... Read More »

Life news in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Engaged Weekend 

In-person Engaged Weekends are scheduled for April 29-30 at St. Joseph Church in Crosby and June 17-18 at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. Engaged Weekends are part of the preparation for couples as they ready to approach the sacrament of matrimony. More information and registration can be found at  Retrouvaille 

Thinking about separation or divorce? Hurting? Angry? Feel helpless? Retrouvaille is a lifeline for troubled marriages. Couples learn the tools to rediscover each other and heal their marriage. 100% confidential. Since 1977, more than 40,000 marriages have been saved worldwide. Weekend experiences will be held June 2-4 and Aug. 4-6 at the Best Western Hotel in Eagan. Email [email protected] or visit for more information.  Minnesota House passes bill to shield abortion crimes, undermine rule of ... Read More »

Days gone by 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

75 years ago — April 1948 

Father Thomas Landers, C.SS.R., superior of St. Gerard’s Mission house, Pine City, conducted a day of recollection for Catholic men, an annual event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, at the College of St. Scholastica. Plans were underway for the Daughters of Isabella state convention, ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

April 2023

The Bridges of Hope Brainerd Area Warming Shelter is in need of items such as hand and foot warmers, individually wrapped snacks, coffee, coffee cups, and creamer. Items can be dropped off on Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter, 1926 S. Seventh St., ... Read More »


Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

April 2023 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 are welcome and can be sent to TV Mass, 2830 E. Fourth ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Serenity Prayer offers needed wisdom in how we spend our energies

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

One of the first prayers I remember encountering outside of going to church or praying before bedtime was the short version of the Serenity Prayer. Attributed to the Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, it came into widespread use through Alcoholics Anonymous, especially the first few lines. The version I learned ... Read More »

Father Nicholas Nelson: Virginity, the more excellent state

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

The other week while I was on retreat, I came across a collection of letters written either to St. Therese of Lisieux or by her. One in particular really struck me. It was written by Therese when she was already at Carmel to her sister, Celine, who was discerning what ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Learning from a second Dad how to live without bitterness

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Adversary balloons are flying in space, and a horrific war is happening. Violence using weapons has dramatically increased since COVID began. People without appropriate shelter plague every large city in this country. The rate of loneliness has been the highest since recording began, and the number of suicides has ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: When doubt creeps in

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Perhaps this might sound like I am stating the obvious, but I feel like I have a pretty strong faith. Faith is a gift, so I certainly do not take it for granted, and yet in saying I have a strong faith I also have to admit that from ... Read More »