Statements and Documents

Bishop Paul Swain’s Statements and Documents

Anniversary of September 11th Attacks Statement

Below are excerpts from the statement I offered on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 tragedy which still hold true today: As a nation we commemorate the anniversary of the shocking terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., now known simply as September 11. It changed the world and our lives in […]

Statement on the appointment of Bishop Gruss to Saginaw

Earlier today Pope Francis named Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City as the seventh bishop of Saginaw, Michigan. I offer my sincere congratulations and best wishes to him as he undertakes this new ministry. It has been my privilege to work with him over these past 8 years, especially in moments where both South Dakota […]

Comments on Bishop’s Retreat – January 2019

Last week nearly 300 bishops of the United States completed a week at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago on a spiritual retreat suggested by Pope Francis. The purpose was to pray for victims of clergy child abuse, to seek forgiveness for those times we have not properly dealt with allegations or treated victims with respect, and […]

Comments Following the Fall Plenary Meeting of Bishops of the United States Held in Baltimore, MD on November 12-15, 2018

I was among those who were shocked, baffled, dismayed and frustrated by the intervention of the Holy See to prevent voting by the bishops on known proposals for addressing the issues Cardinal DiNardo noted in his statement. Any actions approved would have been subject to Vatican review. Despite this surprise directive which changed the tenor […]

Prayer & Fasting in Preparation for USCCB Meeting

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked that we bishops join in seven days of intensified prayer beginning Monday, November 5 and continuing through Sunday, November 11. The prayer is to be accompanied by some form of fasting or personal sacrifice. This call to prayer is made in […]