Why do the pope and religious change their names?

Why do the pope and religious change their names?

August 2020, Headlines
Question: Why do the pope and some religious sisters/brothers change their name? Answer: [caption id="attachment_5202" align="alignright" width="300"] Pope Francis greets a group of nuns outside the Diocesan Seminary in Ecatepec on February 14, 2016. (Photo by © L'Osservatore Romano)[/caption] This is another common question that both Catholics and others often ask and is worth taking some time to answer. Before diving in, it’s worth noting that popes and religious sisters and brothers do not change names for the same reason. As we will see, although there are similarities, there are also differences between the two practices. We will begin with the practice of receiving a new name as a religious sister or brother. The first thing to note is that the practice of receiving a new name as a member…
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During hard times, you can always talk to God

During hard times, you can always talk to God

August 2020, Headlines
By Brianna Wingen [caption id="attachment_5197" align="alignright" width="300"] Brianna Wingen, social media lead and administrative assistant, Diocese of Sioux Falls Communications Office[/caption] I remember as a child having mixed feelings about returning to school. There was the excitement of making it to the next grade, new school supplies, wonderment about the new things I would learn during the new school year, and above all the excitement to be reunited with friends. On the other hand, I remember having anxiety and a certain level of fear about returning to school. Was I ready for the next grade? Would the new material I would learn be too hard, and would I fail and be held back? But the one thing I remember fearing the most was that my friends had all decided they…
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TV Mass ministry gathers the world together

TV Mass ministry gathers the world together

August 2020, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_5191" align="alignright" width="300"] TV Mass volunteers Brianna Wingen and Bill Sealey run the video and sound from the production room during Mass.[/caption] One big family of God gathers every weekend to watch the Sunday TV Mass recorded at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls. That Mass is then posted on YouTube to a world-wide audience. As the world has stayed home in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, many Catholics have searched for ways to watch Mass online. Amazingly, many have found our little corner of the world and share Mass with us every Sunday. Nearly every state in the U.S. is represented in viewers. And these are just some of the places where other Catholics join in from: Indonesia, the Arctic Circle, Zimbabwe, India, Hong…
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Diocese of Rapid City ordains ninth bishop, Bishop Peter M. Muhich

Diocese of Rapid City ordains ninth bishop, Bishop Peter M. Muhich

August 2020, Headlines
[caption id="attachment_5184" align="alignright" width="221"] Bishop Donald DeGrood lays hands on Bishop Peter Muhich during his ordination as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City.[/caption] Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Bernard A. Hebda presided at the ordination of the new bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, Bishop Peter M. Muhich, July 9 in Rapid City. Bishops from many dioceses were present to take part in the ordination, including Bishop Donald DeGrood, along with the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Christophe Pierre, and Cardinal Blase Cupich from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop DeGrood served as co-consecrator along with Bishop Robert Gruss of the Diocese of Saginaw. Bishop Muhich comes from the Diocese of Duluth where he has been a priest at several parishes since his priestly ordination…
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New grief program will serve entire diocese

New grief program will serve entire diocese

August 2020, Headlines
Catholic Family Services (CFS) will begin offering a new grief program called “Grief Share” this September. This is a world-wide Christian-based program designed for adults and presented in church settings. This support group combines educational videos, a workbook and time for discussion. It will be offered three times a year and will be presented over 11 weeks each time. Mary Weber, interim clinical director of CFS, says the program blends professional education with time for small group sharing and reflection. They hope it will allow more people around the diocese to get the grief counseling they need. “CFS realizes not all people can drive to Sioux Falls for a grief support group,” Weber says. “The Grief Share model allows CFS to show the videos remotely via Zoom to rural parishes…
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The fierce tenacity of life inspires wonder

The fierce tenacity of life inspires wonder

August 2020, Fr. Mike Griffin's Column
In the springtime, as a part of my usual backyard and deck preparations, I get the bird feeder cleaned up after a long winter. The birds are always excited to see it clean and filled with their favorite little seeds as they sing in the branches over my backyard. They love springtime as well. We usually do not get any wildly exciting birds at our feeder, no one too colorful, but it is still a delight to see them, gathering, singing in the trees and knowing they feel cared for and at home. As the birds are showing their appreciation, the squirrels, of course, are gearing up as well. I have tried many different ways to try to keep the squirrels from eating all the bird food, but I am…
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God’s love helps preserve and restore innocence

God’s love helps preserve and restore innocence

August 2020, Bishop DeGrood's Column
On December 11, the night before the announcement that I was appointed the new bishop of our diocese, I was driving from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls. It was a lovely evening. As I headed through the rural areas of Interstate 90, I was struck by the lovely cold evening as the moon shone over the barren, partially snow-covered farmland. My interior spiritual sense was that I was returning to a Nazareth sort of place—a new home in which the innocent life I loved and remembered as a child was being restored to me. It was this spiritual experience in my prayerful ponderings that inspired these two lines in my “God is Love” prayer which I felt inspired to write: “Protect us from evil and help us to live a holy…
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The Chains of Pornography Addiction: How it harms marriages and how to heal the damage

The Chains of Pornography Addiction: How it harms marriages and how to heal the damage

August 2020, Featured
By Renae Kranz A wife pokes her head into her husband’s home office late one night and sees something she never imagined she would see. A husband comes home unexpectedly and notices his wife’s phone on the counter. It’s on and displays a website that shocks him. Pornography has invaded these marriages. How can spouses experiencing pornography addiction break its chains and free their marriage? The Lord offers a place of rest and healing, a place of forgiveness and mercy. All they have to do is reach out for it. An offense against chastity The Church has had a clear stance on pornography since the beginning. It is an offense against chastity. Jesus himself equated watching pornography with adultery. “But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman…
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St. Bernadette of Lourdes

St. Bernadette of Lourdes

Can we be saints?
By Renae Kranz Fame. Attention. Popularity. Our world seems to thirst for these things. In many ways, we seek them out, even setting aside good things we already have in our lives in pursuit of these ego boosters. Many of us find that once we get there, fame, attention and popularity don’t make our lives better. Instead they cloud our judgement and pull us away from our true selves and from God. While she was still a young girl, St. Bernadette of Lourdes could have been swept from obscurity into the fame and attention that was pressed upon her. Instead she put all the attention on the visions she had of Holy Mother Mary and shared her important message with the world—the need for prayer and penance. Then she hid…
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