The Northern Cross

New bishop of St. Cloud, Minn., to build his ministry on mercy, hope, justice

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Kristi Anderson OSV News 

From Portland, Oregon, to Peru and many places in between, hundreds of people came to St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud Feb. 14 to witness the ordination and installation of the Diocese of St. Cloud’s 10th bishop, Bishop Patrick M. Neary, an Indiana native and priest of the Congregation ... Read More »

Suspect in shooting death of LA Bishop O’Connell charged with murder

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Angelus Staff OSV News 

The suspect in the shooting death of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell was formally charged with murder Feb. 22 after admitting to killing him. 

Bishop O’Connell was found dead of at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso in his home in the ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Lenten regulations 

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Good Friday, April 7, are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. 

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When ... Read More »

Obituary: Deacon Theodore J. “Ted” Windus 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Theodore J. “Ted” Windus Sr., 83, of Duluth passed away Feb. 20, 2023, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born in Duluth on July 7, 1939, to Harry and Rose Windus. Ted graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School. He was employed by the 148th Minnesota Air National Guard, Duluth. Ted married ... Read More »

Editorial: Continuing to pray for peace 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

It’s now been a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the war goes on, taking its dreadful toll. Over that year, other nations around the world, including our own, have been drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict, through sanctions and countless billions of dollars in arms shipments and ... Read More »

Bishop Robert Barron: Inclusion and exclusion 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire 

I would like to follow up on an earlier article I wrote on the notions of “inclusivity” and “welcome,” which have come to dominate the Catholic conversation in the lead-up to the Synod on Synodality. 

Many voices from around the world are clamoring ... Read More »

Hallow app available for free 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By The Northern Cross 

Diocesan officials announced in February that Hallow, an app primarily for use on mobile devices, is being made available free for all parishioners across the Diocese of Duluth for all of Lent in 2023, thanks to a generous grant from the diocesan CREED fund.

Hallow ... Read More »

Families First Project moves forward as a new Minnesota Child Tax Credit gains momentum

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Inside the Capitol 

“Public authorities have the duty to sustain the family … the family does not exist for society or the State, but society and the State exist for the family” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, no. 214). 

This is a bold calling, and as ... Read More »

Schools: What is our why? The mission and purpose of Catholic schools

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By Jennifer Nagel Guest Columnist 

Catholic schools across the nation are wrapping up the 2023 Catholic Schools Week celebrations. As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week with themed dress-up days, service projects, and assemblies, we also need to remember the purpose and mission of Catholic schools. 

Catholic schools educate to develop ... Read More »

Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery receive Vatican approval for sponsorship model change 

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By The Northern Cross 

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth recently received approval from the Vatican to shift the Catholic sponsorship of their ministries – Benedictine, the College of St. Scholastica, and the Catholic facilities of Essentia Health, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, and St. Mary’s Health – from a ... Read More »