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Bishop of Diocese of Crookston resigns

April 13, 2021 – It has been announced today that, after an extensive investigation, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asked for, and has now accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Hoeppner from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Crookston. The investigation which led to the acceptance of Bishop Hoeppner’s resignation arose from reports that he had at times failed to observe applicable norms when presented with allegations of sexual abuse involving clergy of the Diocese of Crookston. The investigation was conducted pursuant to the motu proprio, Vos estis lux mundi, which had been promulgated by the Holy Father in mid-2019. The investigation was conducted under the supervision of Archbishop Bernard Hebda, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which includes the Diocese of Crookston.

At the same time that the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Bishop Hoeppner, he has also appointed the Most Rev. Richard E. Pates, Bishop Emeritus of Des Moines, to serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Crookston until a new bishop is designated. Bishop Pates’ appointment as Apostolic Administrator takes effect immediately.

Centuries-old penitential devotion, Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Shawn Polman on Good Friday

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NEW ULM – On Good Friday, April 2, faithful gathered at the Way of the Cross in New Ulm as Fr. Shawn Polman of the Holy Cross Area Faith Community (St. Gregory the Great, Lafayette; St. Mary, New Ulm; St. John the Baptist, Searles; St. George, West Newton Township) led a public prayer and meditation on the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The local Knights of Columbus held prayer services throughout the day with Stations prayed at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

The Way of the Cross was completed in 1904, with renovation projects taking place in 2004 and again in 2018. Its 14 stations, with statues imported from Bavaria, provide a quiet, reflective walk up a 700-foot brick path to a chapel dedicated to the Mother of Sorrows. Entrusted to the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, the historic shrine is located on the 5th North Hill, behind the New Ulm Medical Center. It rests near a memorial to Fr. Alexander Berghold, an instrumental priest in the 1800s who initiated the Way of the Cross project along with Sr. Flavia of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Although dedicated to meditation on the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, people of all faiths are welcome to stop at each station and read the German and English inscriptions. A stone grotto marks the path's halfway point.

In 2021, the Way of the Cross shrine was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Donations and grants cover funding to maintain the Way of the Cross Shrine. Contributions can be sent to Diocese of New Ulm, Way of the Cross, 1421 6th Street North, New Ulm, MN 56073.

Catholic schools of the Diocese of New Ulm help RAISE record-breaking $1.49 MILLION through raffle DESPITE PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

ST. PAUL, MN – Is it possible for Catholic schools to conduct successful fundraising campaigns in the middle of a pandemic, when most Catholic churches are closed and door-to-door fundraising methods aren't available?

The answer is a resounding, "Yes!" More than 80 Catholic schools and the 13,000 students participating proved it by not only reaching the million-dollar goal for 2021, but exceeding it for a grand total of $1,495,306!

The 11 partner schools in the Diocese of New Ulm with a total of 1,385 students sold $5 raffle tickets from the middle of January to Feb. 28., and competed for top selling prizes and performance grants. Together, they raised an amazing $164,000 with support from their local communities.

Organizers of the Catholic Schools Raffle, an annual fundraising program involving 80-plus Catholic schools, are overwhelmed that this year's results were so successful, despite the many challenges that school administrators faced from COVID-19 lockdown orders.

"As we continue with hardships due to this pandemic, it feels so good to chalk something like this into the win column," said Michael Ahles, president of Catholic United Financial. "It has been our privilege to offer this program to local Catholic schools for the last 12 years. We knew through experience how creative and enterprising the families and staff at these schools are. They have taken things to a new level in 2021, despite the challenges the lockdowns threw at them. We're amazed and encouraged at this show of support for Catholic education. Congratulations to everyone involved."

The 11 partner schools in the Diocese of New Ulm are: St. Mary's School of Bird Island, St. Peter's School of Canby, St. Anastasia School of Hutchinson, School of St. Philip of Litchfield, Holy Redeemer School of Marshall, St. Edward Catholic School of Minneota, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools of New Ulm, St. Mary's Catholic School of Sleepy Eye, St. Mary's School of Tracy, St. Anne's School of Wabasso, and Holy Trinity School of Winsted.

St. Mary's Catholic School of Tracy, MN was awarded one of three $3,000 performance grant for the schools efforts in recruiting new members to Catholic United Financial.

"Traditional methods of selling tickets in person at school events and after Mass were no longer available. We had doubts that reaching the million dollar goal was even possible," said Raffle Coordinator Raina Lojovich. With the reveal of our record-breaking grand total on March 11, the schools obviously found a way.

The Catholic Schools Raffle is a fundraising program provided to schools free of charge by sponsor Catholic United Financial. Catholic United provided all promotional materials, raffle tickets and prizes for the program so participating schools can keep every dollar raised during the six-week ticket selling period.

On March 11, the raffle concluded with a livestreamed prize drawing ceremony emceed by NFL champion and former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk, who returned for his third year as the master of ceremonies of the event. Prize winners and totals were revealed during the ceremony, including the grand prize winner, Jolene Olson of Buffalo, Minn., who will receive her choice of a brand new Ford Ecosport SUV or $20,000 in cash; other winners were drawn to receive more than $40,000 worth in prizes, including vacations, a $5,000 home improvement package, gift cards, 65-inch smart TVs and more.

New in 2021, Catholic United Financial provided $12,000 in grants to schools who achieved performance goals, and another $10,000 in tuition grants to the top student ticket sellers. A complete list of prize winners and participating schools will be posted to the Catholic United website after winners have been verified (www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/raffle).

The Catholic Schools Raffle is the largest fundraiser for Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest, and has raised over $11.2 million for Catholic education since 2009. Video, photos and more media resources are available at www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/raffle/media and www.vimeo.com/catholicunited.

About Catholic United Financial

Catholic United Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that has served Catholics in the Upper Midwest since 1878. The company provides life insurance and retirement products for its 75,000 members and returns a portion of its profits to local communities through programs like the Catholic Schools Raffle, Post-High School Tuition Scholarship, Gather4Good® service events, and more. Based in St. Paul, Minn., Catholic United helps its members plan for every step of their life journey.


 

Minnesotans to gather April 15 for Catholics at the Capitol. Sign up now!

ST. PAUL - Join Catholics from across Minnesota for a day of prayer, education, and advocacy from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15. The Catholics at the Capitol event, organized by Minnesota Catholic Conference (the Minnesota Catholic bishops’ political voice), will form attendees in the faith – beginning with Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Featured speakers are Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Obianuju Ekeocha, a pro-life advocate and founder of Culture of Life Africa.

Attendees will be informed on issues impacting life and dignity in the state and learn how to effectively speak with their legislators as a missionary disciple. In the afternoon, participants will be sent on mission with a eucharistic procession from the Cathedral to the Capitol before meeting with local legislators. The rosary will be prayed in the Capitol rotunda on the half hour in the afternoon.

MCC has plans in place if programming needs to be altered due to COVID-19.

Cost: $15 ($20 after Jan. 31). For more information or to register, visit www.catholicsatthecapitol.org. Questions? Call: 651-227-8777 or email: [email protected]

Way of the Cross in New Ulm added to National Register of Historic Places

NEW ULM - After almost seven years of persistent effort by the Way of the Cross Committee, the Way of the Cross shrine in New Ulm has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

The Way of the Cross was completed in 1904, with renovation projects taking place in 2004 and again in 2018. Its 14 stations, with statues imported from Bavaria, provide a quiet, reflective walk up a 700-foot brick path to a chapel dedicated to the Mother of Sorrows. Entrusted to the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, the historic shrine is located on the 5th North Hill, behind the New Ulm Medical Center. It rests nearby a memorial to Fr. Alexander Berghold, an instrumental priest in the 1800s who initiated the Way of the Cross project along with Sr. Flavia of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Although dedicated to meditation on the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ, people of all faiths are welcome to stop at each station and read the German and English inscriptions. A stone grotto marks the path's halfway point.

Donations and grants cover funding to maintain the Way of the Cross shrine. Contributions can be sent to Diocese of New Ulm, Way of the Cross, 1421 6th Street North, New Ulm, MN 56073.