Area Catholic Communities: Planning for a strong and vibrant future

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, For the last three years, our diocese has been engaged in a pastoral planning process to strengthen parish life and revitalize our mission as baptized members of the Body of Christ here in central Minnesota. It’s a process that builds on the dedicated work of the missionaries and immigrant…

A few words about Safe Haven Sunday and our 2019 Annual Appeal

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, One of the principles of Catholic social teaching is “life and dignity of the human person.” This principle recognizes that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. We are all imbued with a sacred dignity that compels us to strive for holiness and treat others…

A Magazine with a Mission

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Welcome to this first edition of our diocese’s new monthly magazine, The Central Minnesota Catholic. I’m excited about this new way of communicating with Catholics of our diocese and its focus on telling compelling stories of Christian discipleship, helping us to better understand what our Church teaches and keeping…

In this holy time of year, ‘there’s hope for everyone’

We are waiting on the promise For the One who lights the darkness Bending low to be among us Bring Your glory in the highest, Jesus. Come let us adore There’s hope for everyone On the manger floor There’s hope for everyone — From “Hope for Everyone” by Matt Maher Matt Maher, the popular contemporary…

Looking inward and outward during this season of preparation

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Beware. Be vigilant. Pray. These are some of the words we hear Jesus telling his disciples in the Gospel of Luke on the first Sunday of Advent. It’s an ominous-sounding passage, with Jesus warning people about the signs and tribulations that will accompany the end times. He certainly gets…

We are all called to go out and share the Good News

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The theme for World Mission Sunday, Oct. 21, is “Born to be Mission.” This day has been set aside for all Catholics worldwide to celebrate their individual and communal call to mission, to solidarity, to unity, to witness and to evangelization both near and far. World Mission Sunday is…

Pain, sorrow of abuse revelations must be followed by action

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Over the last several weeks, I have followed the news about the sexual misconduct allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the horrific cases of clergy sexual abuse documented in the Pennsylvania grand jury report. I am pained and saddened by these revelations. While our Church has implemented important measures…

Respect for human life, dignity are at heart of immigration issue

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, On World Refugee Day June 20, Pope Francis sent two messages via Twitter on which we should all reflect: He said, “We encounter Jesus in those who are poor, rejected, or refugees. Do not let fear get in the way of welcoming our neighbor in need.” Later, he added:…

The path to holiness: Let the Beatitudes be your guide

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In his recently published apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis reminds us that everyone is called to holiness. We are all called to be saints. This can sound like a lofty goal — something reserved for special people. It brings to mind those who…

Holy Week and Easter: The journey continues

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In just a few days we celebrate Palm Sunday, when we hear at the beginning of Mass the Gospel story of Jesus’ joyful entry into Jerusalem. We also hear the Gospel writer Mark’s account of our Lord’s Passion — from the Last Supper, to Jesus’ agony in the garden…