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February Workshop to Offer a Fresh Approach to Conversations about Being Pro-Life

ST. PAUL - Equipped for Life: a Fresh Approach to Conversations will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 University of St. Thomas O’Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium, St. Paul.

$15 Half-Day Registration, $20 Full-Day Registration, and $10 Student registration per session (high school & college age students) .

Learn how to respond to the toughest pro-choice arguments with truth and love.

This indispensable and life-changing day of training provided by National Pro-Life Leader Emily Albrecht through the Equal Rights Institute will equip you with:

• A large, successfully tested set of practical tools to use in future conversations;

• Practice conversations to be confidently prepared to engage any pro-choice advocate who defends abortion with arguments based in difficult circumstances, biology, personhood, and bodily autonomy.

Training sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic bishops of Minnesota.

Your presence at the Jan. 22 pro-life events in St. Paul can be an example and encouragement that witnesses to others; partial indulgence given

ST. PAUL - The Prayer Service for Life at the Cathedral of St. Paul will begin at 10:30 a.m.on January 22 and will include an inspiring homily given by one of our Minnesota Catholic bishops. Following the prayer service, participants walk peacefully from the Cathedral to the State Capitol building where pro-lifers will March for Life on the grounds, typically displaying signs of pro-life encouragement.

At 12:30 p.m, participants will gather in front of the Capitol to hear pro-life legislators talk about current pro-life legislative issues. Those who gather will be informed about the accomplishments of the pro-life movement and inspired to keep up their involvement in the fight for life.

Bus transporation available

A number of parishes within the Diocese of New Ulm will offer bussing to and from St. Paul on Jan. 22. For a bus schedule and information on how to sign-up, visit the diocesan website or contact your parish.

Partial Indulgence

Msgr. Douglas Grams, Diocese of New Ulm administrator, has extended the partial indulgence for all Catholics from the Diocese of New Ulm who attend the Prayer Service and March for Life in St. Paul on Saturday, January 22, 2022.  In addition to attending the Prayer Service and March for Life, the usual conditions apply:

-    proper interior disposition of desire to receive the indulgence,

-    Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion (as soon as possible if not on the actual day, January 22),

-    prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father,

-    and some additional act of penance as a reparation for sin committed against life.

The indulgence is also available to those who are aged, sick, or for any other reason unable to leave their homes, having fulfilled the same conditions, who unite themselves to the prayers that are offered that day for Respect for Life.

 For further information or questions contact the Family Life Office at 507-233-5328 or  [email protected]

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Bishop-elect Joseph A. Williams

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Joseph A. Williams as auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop-elect Williams is a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and currently serves as vicar for Latino ministry, pastor of Saint Stephen Church, and administrator of Holy Rosary Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2021, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Father Williams was born May 2, 1974, in Minneapolis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota (1996), a Bachelor of Arts degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a Master of Divinity in Theology (2002) from the University of St. Thomas and the Saint Paul Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 2002.

Bishop-elect Williams’ assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul (2002-2004); and Divine Mercy parish in Faribault (2004-2005). He served as pastor at Saint Mathias parish in Hampton (2005-2008); Saint Mary parish in New Trier (2005-2008); and since 2008 has served as pastor at Saint Stephen parish in Minneapolis. He has also served as administrator of Holy Rosary parish in Minneapolis since 2020. Father Williams’ ministry has also included work at the archdiocesan level, serving on the Archdiocesan Commission on the Ministry and Life of Clergy from 2003-2005, and since 2018, he has been vicar for Latino ministry for the archdiocese. Bishop-elect Williams is fluent in Spanish.

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is comprised of 6,187 square miles in the State of Minnesota and has a total population of 3,489,904 of which 750,000 are Catholic.