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2017 diocesan highlights

JANUARY: Around 30 MCCM students joined more than 12,000 college students in San Antonio for the SEEK Conference run by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students Jan. 3-7.

Agassiz Valley TEC celebrated 40 years in the Diocese of Crookston with an evening event at St. Michael’s, Mahnomen, Jan. 15.

Our Sunday Visitor was featured at the Diocesan Annual Appeal Kickoff Jan. 19 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.

The Office of Marriage, Family and Life hosted an afternoon of remembrance and intercession at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston on Jan. 22, to prayerfully mark the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

FEBRUARY: Many priests of the Diocese of Crookston took part in the Good Leaders, Good Shepherds session held Feb. 7-10. The final meeting for the leadership program will take place February 2018.

Six catechumens and 12 candidates attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, Feb. 19.

MARCH: More than 1,000 Catholic Minnesotans – including a bus load from the Diocese of Crookston – attended Catholics at the Capitol on March 9. They were briefed on the importance of faithful citizenship and key legislative issues in the state, and had the opportunity to meet with their state lawmakers.

The Office of Worship coordinated the “NPM Local Cantor Intensive Workshop” led by Berta Sabrio on March 10-11. She returned for another round of workshops in September.

The Middle School Youth Rally was attended by 240 people at St. Bernard, Thief River Falls, March 19. It was the first rally the diocese coordinated with Partnership for Youth, the organization that runs Steubenville Conferences in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

APRIL: The Chrism Mass was held April 10 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

180 Catholics and Lutherans from northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota gathered for a Joint Theological Study day at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead on April 20.

The 47th Minnesota Catholic Daughters State Convention was hosted by Court Bishop Schenk of Crookston April 21-22 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Crookston Inn. Nearly 180 members from around the state attended the annual convention.

MAY: Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner blessed a statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on May 2 just before the 100th anniversary of the first apparition.

May 12-13, St. Philip, Bemidji was a remote site for viewing the New Evangelization Summit, an international event held in Ottawa, Ontario and broadcast throughout North America.

A series of events marking the centenaries of Mary’s six apparitions near Fatima, Portugal, began May 13 at St. Joseph, Red Lake Falls.

Nate Brunn was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner on May 20 at St. Joseph, Moorhead. His ordination to the priesthood is scheduled for June 9, 2018.

Benedictine Sister Regina Hansmann, 94, died May 22.

Sixteen students graduated from Sacred Heart School, East Grand Forks on May 26.

Bishop Hoeppner celebrated Mass at an outdoor altar in Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, on May 30.

Principal Carol Rettinger retired after serving at St. Philip’s School, Bemidji for 30 years.

JUNE: On June 10, Bishop Hoeppner ordained Mark Krejci, Mark LeTexier, Paul Erickson, Timothy J. Pribula, Aaron Kaiser, and Robb Naylor to the permanent diaconate at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston.

Sister Mary Vianney, formerly Anna Kliner of St. Mary, Euclid, received her religious name and habit at the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus in Denmark, Wis., on June 10.

Matthew Schmitz was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Hoeppner at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception June 17.

Ken Ong, a grants specialist with Catholic Home Missions visited the Diocese of Crookston June 19-20.

JULY: Nine delegates from the Diocese of Crookston joined 3,500 leaders from around the nation for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America held in Orlando July 1-4.

Two sessions of St. John Paul II Middle school camp were held from July 9-13 and July 16-20 at Northern Pines Camp near Park Rapids.

OND announced changes in the form of a redesign and amplified online presence in the July 12 edition.

Sister Paschal Martin, Sister Delores Norman, Sister Rachel Beitz, Sister Anne Marie Geray and Sister Dianne M. Maresh of Mount Saint Benedict celebrated jubilees during a private ceremony held July 26.

AUGUST: Fifteen young men attended Esto Vir vocations camp Aug. 8-10 near Fosston.

The Diocese of Crookston launched its social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Aug. 16.

Sacred Heart, Frazee, held a Mass and dinner Aug. 19 to celebrate their 125th anniversary.

OND debuted it’s print redesign Aug. 23.

On Aug. 27, Melissa Haas began her postulancy with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus in New Ulm, Minn.

Tammy Kraft was named diocesan Teacher of the Year at the Diocesan Schools In-Service Day held at Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks, Aug. 28.

SEPTEMBER: Sacred Heart School hosted Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez as part of their third annual DAY ONE program on Sept. 5, the first day of school.

St. Francis de Sales, Moorhead, held a retirement celebration for Msgr. Mike Patnode Sept. 6.

The 2016 St. Mary’s Mission Appeal video received a prestigious award at the International Catholic Stewardship Council conference held Sept. 17-20 in Atlanta, Ga.

OCTOBER: On Oct. 1, Milo and Lucille Winter and Aaron and Kamille Meyer were honored at the Diocesan Marriage Celebration Day held at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Retired diocesan priest, Father Joseph Kieselbach, 85, died Oct. 25.

Life and Dignity Sunday was celebrated throughout Minnesota Oct. 28-29. Parishioners were invited to sign up for the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s Catholic Advocacy Network.

Four new Diocesan Commissions kicked off by gathering together at St. Mary, Fosston, Oct. 28. The groups will meet and advise diocesan offices in four key areas: youth ministry, evangelization and discipleship, marriage and family life and life and justice.

The High School Youth Rally, coordinated by Partnership for Youth, was held at Holy Rosary, Detroit Lakes, Oct. 29. Approximately 275 students from around the diocese attended.

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