My staff likes to make sure that I have plenty to do while away for vacation, so this year they presented me with the report and recommendations of the Catholic Schools Commission, which I convened last December as part of our Archdiocesan Strategic Plan.
On March 5 of this year, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, visited the major Roman seminary on its patronal feast of Our Lady of Confidence. Interestingly enough, we have a statue in the chapel of our own St. Paul Seminary dedicated to our Blessed Lady under this title.
In early June, I wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers about the present crisis over the state budget. Some commentators interpreted my message as favoring one party’s approach over another’s. That was not correct.
At least 643 persons entered the church in this archdiocese at the recent Easter Vigil, either as catechumens (those who had never been baptized) or as candidates for full communion in the Catholic Church (Christians who were baptized in a Christian denomination other than Catholic).
I am pleased to announce that the Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the bishops from all six dioceses in the state, has hired a new executive director of the office, Jason A. Adkins.
Jason is a native of St. Paul who obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. He also has a master of arts degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas.
In the first Preface listed in the Sacramentary (the little red book from which the priest prays the prayers at Mass), we read:
“Each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed.”