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  • Pope appoints new bishop to Duluth diocese

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Pope Francis has appointed Father Michel J. Mulloy, from the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, to be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, it was announced June 19. Bishop-elect Mulloy was born May 20, 1953, in Mobridge, South Dakota, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux Falls in 1979. He served parishes in both the Sioux Falls and Rapid City dioceses before being incardinated formally in the Rapid City diocese in 1986. He has spent most of his ministry serving in parishes...

  • Praise high on the roof

    Pine Knot News|May 8, 2020

    They were singing and preaching from the rooftop Sunday at Journey Christian Church in Cloquet. It was the second drive-in church service where associate Pastor Fred Goldschmidt preached and the worship team played music while folks sang along and listened in the safety of their cars with radios tuned to the service. "It was a great service and the parking lot was full," said church member Walt Lindquist. "When Pastor would make an important point, people would honk their horns." The horns...

  • On Faith: Promise can hold us together

    Rev. Bruce Johnson|May 8, 2020

    The Danish physicist Nils Bohr famously observed that “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” Never has that statement been truer than today. The COVID-19 pandemic has created deep uncertainties and anxieties, not only about our public health, but also about the future of our economic and political systems. So many variables are at work that even our best scientific minds cannot forecast the outcome of this contagion with certainty. We simply can’t predict how it will end, or when. With all due respect to the Nobel... Full story

  • FAITH: You can believe Jesus died for you

    Pine Knot News|Apr 3, 2020

    For the Christian community the two times on the calendar that garner the most attention for us are Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, and Easter - which is more accurately called Passover - when we remember His crucifixion and glorious resurrection. These two events are our Super Bowl, so to speak. Many start to celebrate the week leading up to Good Friday and the Sunday morning service with various events that culminate when we gather in our local churches to...

  • ON FAITH: Thanking the past and serving the future

    Feb 14, 2020

    In 1922, Monsignor D.W. Lynch, pastor of St. James Church in Duluth, wrote a letter to Minnesota Senator Frank B. Kellogg regarding Father Elais Lemire and the (then) Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Cloquet. “I know something about the work done by Fr. Lemire in his parish and the difficulties he has had to contend with, especially because of the fire. The parish is large and is made up of a considerable number of poor people, many of whom are employed in the Cloquet Mills. At various times the influence of this local Church has been v... Full story

  • On Faith: Despite social media and politics, love your neighbor

    John Napoli|Nov 1, 2019

    We find ourselves a year away from the presidential elections but already the lines of division are having a strong effect on the American society. Here are just a couple examples of what I have seen that defy the ideals we hope to exhibit here in the United States, and even defy the teachings of the Christian faith I belong to. We have seen where fellow citizens are refusing service to other citizens because of their political associations. The internet that so many of us utilize each day has...

  • on FAITH: Religious freedom needs a boost

    Oct 11, 2019

    By Charles Haynes / Religious Freedom Center In the turbulent 1960s, John Courtney Murray famously reminded Americans that the Constitution begins with “We, the people,” not “We, the tribe.” Murray, a Jesuit priest, wasn’t papering over differences that are often deep and abiding. Each of us has our tribe — Catholic, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant or one of a hundred others in the pluralistic society we all call home. Differences matter. Instead, Murray was calling on Americans to recognize what we share across our religious a...

  • On Faith: What Is Better?

    Chris Hill|Aug 2, 2019

    I have been hearing from a number of discouraged people lately. They don’t want to watch the news, or check in on Facebook and other social media, or read the paper sometimes because of the anger they encounter in all those places. I understand. Sometimes it seems impossible to have a conversation about what is better for our communities, locally or worldwide, without hard lines being drawn and opposing sides being unwaveringly chosen. It seems as if rational, honest, clear-headed debate is i...