A Letter From Our Bishop - 2014 DAA
"You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us" – 2 Corinthians 9:11
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we begin this New Year, during which we celebrate marriage and family in a special way here in the Diocese of Crookston, I want to express my excitement and joy about the paths we are traveling together in this local Church.
As you may recall, in 2010 we convened a Synod of the Diocese of Crookston. A group of 72 lay faithful and clergy gathered together for prayer and discernment, invoking the presence of the Holy Spirit to help us know and do God’s will. The Pastoral Letter, Meeting Christ—Living Christ outlined seven goals for us to work toward as God’s Church. I am happy to report to you that with the support received through the DAA since that time, great progress has been made toward reaching these goals.
The Pastoral Letter called for the development of retreats in the Diocese of Crookston. We are now in the second year of offering retreats at our own Diego House. I invite you to consider a weekend of spiritual renewal. This year’s roster of retreats focuses on marriage. Please visit crookston.org to learn more.
The Pastoral Letter called for the renewal of catechesis in the Diocese of Crookston. We were pleased to unveil a new initiative in online Catholic learning at CrookstonCatholic.com. Your parish catechists no longer need to travel to receive formation for ministry! Along with these and other new initiatives, the DAA continues to support seminarian education, the important work of the Marriage Tribunal and the never-more-urgent need for our Safe Environment Office.
I thank you for your generous support in the past, and ask for your continued support in the 2014 Diocesan Annual Appeal, and once again I thank you for your beautiful prayer requests. May the good Lord continue to bless you for building up the body of Christ through your generosity and care.
Sincerely, in the Name of the Lord Jesus,
Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner
Bishop of Crookston