Pope Francis names Father Michel Mulloy of Diocese of Rapid City as bishop of Duluth

Bulletin Extras, June 2020
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Father Michel Mulloy, a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City and current Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Rapid City as the Bishop of Duluth. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The Diocese of Duluth has been a vacant see since December 2019. Bishop-elect Mulloy was born on May 20, 1954 in Mobridge, South Dakota. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Humanities from St. Mary University in Winona, Minnesota. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Sioux Falls on June 8, 1979. After ordination, Father Mulloy was assigned to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Diocese of Rapid City (1979-1981). He…
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Officials

Officials

Headlines, June 2020
The Most Reverend Donald E. DeGrood has decreed the following assignments to become effective on July 1, 2020: Reverend Michael Griffin, in addition to his current assignment as pastor, Saint Mary Parish, Aberdeen, to temporary parish administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Westport. Deacon Thane Barnier, in addition to parish deacon at Saint Therese Parish, Sioux Falls, to diocesan representative on the St. Michael Cemetery Board of Directors. Mr. Christopher Motz, in addition to the executive director of the South Dakota Catholic Conference, to serve as the diocesan representative on the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House Board of Directors. Respectfully submitted, Matthew K. Althoff Chancellor
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Can the creation story be reconciled with science?

Can the creation story be reconciled with science?

Headlines, June 2020
Question My middle school daughter questions the truth of the creation in light of the discovery of prehistoric animals and Adam and Eve being the first humans because in order for us to exist then incest had to occur. My daughter is a gifted student and loves science, so she has many questions about truth in the bible in light of the facts in science. (submitted on Instagram) Answer This is a fantastic question to start off this new column, and I’m particularly excited that it’s coming from a middle-schooler. I’ll offer a few thoughts here, but be sure to check out the link below for additional resources as well. The short answer is this: despite the common perception, there is absolutely no conflict between what science discovers about creation…
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Ordinations move forward despite changes

Ordinations move forward despite changes

Headlines, June 2020
The Diocese of Sioux Falls ordained two men to the priesthood and three to the transitional diaconate in May. These were Bishop Donald DeGrood’s first ordinations and looked a bit different than in past years. The biggest differences were in the reduction in those who could attend and no receptions afterward due to social distancing requirements. Photos from the ordinations will be in the July issue of The Bishop’s Bulletin. The two men ordained to the priesthood, Tony Klein and Michael Kapperman, took a few minutes to tell us about themselves before ordination. [caption id="attachment_5050" align="alignleft" width="244"] Father Tony Klein[/caption] Tony Klein grew up in Sioux Falls with two older sisters. He graduated from O’Gorman High School and entered the seminary at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University…
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Parishes resume Masses after two months of closure

Parishes resume Masses after two months of closure

Headlines, June 2020
[caption id="attachment_5046" align="alignright" width="300"] Father Jordan Samson held Masses at Christ the King Parish in Sioux Falls with all the recommended guidelines in place and encouraged.[/caption] After two months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Masses resumed in mid-May. Attendance was light in many places as personal discernment was encouraged. Father Chuck Cimpl, pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Sioux Falls, said many who attended thanked them for the precautions taken to make things safer. “Those who returned were truly excited to receive the Eucharist again. Some were in tears because they so appreciated celebrating the Eucharist in a live setting once again. It was an emotional experience for both the clergy and the faithful,” Father Cimpl said. [caption id="attachment_5044" align="alignleft" width="300"] Father Chuck Cimpl begins his first homily in…
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Even alone we are bound together in God’s light

Even alone we are bound together in God’s light

Fr. Mike Griffin's Column, June 2020
Like most people, I love springtime. It is such a gift to move from winter, with its cold darkness, into the growing warmth and light of spring. It is renewing in hope and transforms us as the world around us comes to life again; the growth inspiring us to grow and come to life again as well. Not that springtime does not have its struggles. While I love the season, it is the most difficult time for dog walking. Of course, my Keisha loves to run in spring, and I love to walk as she runs with new excitement, but the mud and the standing water of spring rains and melting snow make the walk a mess. I come home, each day, with muddy pants, and shoes almost an inch…
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Catholic artists: Creating beauty with help from the Holy Spirit

Catholic artists: Creating beauty with help from the Holy Spirit

Featured, June 2020
God created a world full of beauty—morning dew resting on the petals of a garden tea rose, a mother duck leading her flock of ducklings through a busy city to the river as cars stop to let them pass, a mother receiving her newborn on her chest moments after its birth. As His most precious creation made in His image, God gave us the ability to create beauty as well. One way we do this is through various forms of art. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) describes these gifts this way: “Created ‘in the image of God,’ man also expresses the truth of his relationship with God the Creator by the beauty of his artistic works. Indeed, art is a distinctively human form of expression; beyond the search…
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The Divine Artist is always at work

The Divine Artist is always at work

Bishop DeGrood's Column, June 2020
One needs only to ponder the creative and intricate nature of all of God’s creation to see the Divine Artist (God) at work. If we look at the formation of a child in the womb of its mother and how amazing newborns are, one realizes there is a Divine Intelligence that knows how to creatively and perfectly make each of us with our own unique characteristics yet in His own image and likeness. God chooses each of us to be a creative expression of His goodness based on our vocations as married, single, consecrated men and women or clergy. We each have a role to play in allowing God’s creative design of each of us to be relished and shared, to bring Him glory and honor, and to share His…
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COVID-19 Relief Fund is helping families who face challenges

COVID-19 Relief Fund is helping families who face challenges

Headlines, June 2020
The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota, in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund which provides financial resources to people in eastern South Dakota who are impacted by the coronavirus. So far, the effort has helped 92 families (including 184 children) in 13 different parishes in seven communities. Over $40,000 has been distributed. Funds raised are used to provide financial assistance to individuals who have been impacted by the physical, spiritual, and/or economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needs are identified in one of the 120 Catholic parishes in eastern South Dakota. All needs are verified by local pastors. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, contact your local parish or the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern…
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