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Bishop Sirba releases names of credibly accused priests

As part of the Diocese of Duluth’s ongoing efforts to foster safe environments for children and young people, Bishop Paul D. Sirba released on Dec. 31, 2013, information about clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving or residing in the Duluth Diocese. Included in the release are clergy members who served as diocesan priests as well as clergy from other dioceses or religious orders who at one time worked or resided in the Duluth Diocese. Despite our best efforts to make sure our information is accurate and complete, we know that it may include errors or be incomplete. We ask that anyone who believes they have information about any instance of child sexual abuse involving any member of the clergy to contact their local law enforcement and the diocese or a diocesan assistance coordinator.



BISHOP PAUL SIRBA: Amid joyful celebrations, wounds are reopened

INDIAN MINISTRY: The First Sunday in Lent is the weekend set aside for the National Collection for Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C. The Duluth Diocese benefits from this collection.

MEN’S CONFERENCE: The third annual “Men of Faith - Brothers in Christ” men’s conference is scheduled for March 8. Click here for information and registration.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE:
The Diocese of Duluth invites women for the 2nd annual Authentic Catholic Women’s Conference. Join us for a full day of faith, fun and fellowship Saturday, March 29,at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet. Join Bishop Sirba for Mass and stay for talks by Pat Gohn on the themes from her book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. Register here by March 14 for $25 (includes lunch and light snack). The first 400 women who register and attend the conference will receive a copy of Gohn's book.

LAWSUIT: Diocese official releases statement in response to lawsuit filed Dec. 9. Please see the document here.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:
The Diocese of Duluth has released is audited financial reports. Please see the document here.

COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.

CREDIBLE ACCUSATION OF ABUSE:
The Diocese of Duluth announces that a retired diocesan priest, Father Cornelius Kelleher, has recently been credibly accused in the sexual abuse of a minor female during his time as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Chisholm from 1975 to 1986. When the accusation was made, Father Kelleher was immediately removed from any public ministry and is no longer able to function as a priest in his retirement. He retired July 11, 2012. There are, at present, no formal criminal charges or litigation in connection with this accusation. Read the press release here. If you are a victim of sexual misconduct, please see reporting information here. If you would like to read the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and Code of Pastoral Conduct, please click here.

THE NORTHERN CROSS: The November issue of The Northern Cross is available here.

STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocesan Implementation Committee has released an Implementation Handbook for parishes undergoing transitions as a result of the Strategic Plan for the next five years which was approved earlier this year. That document and its supporting materials, along with the complete strategic plan, are available on the Strategic Planning documents section of the website.

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: There is a lot going on for diocesan youth and young adults.

VOCATIONS:
Have you ever wondered if God is calling you to the priesthood, permanent diaconate or religious life? If you want to take your discernment to the next step, talk to our vocations team.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT:  To access and complete the online youth protection training course, click here.

 
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