April 2, 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. Mary, St. Joseph and St. Charles,
As most of you know, your pastor, Fr. Steven Daigle, was placed on administrative leave on January 14,
2019 by Bishop Sirba. I was hoping to meet with you personally to speak to you about Fr. Steve’s status
but the COVID-19 measures intervened.
I am writing to let you know that Fr. Steve will not be returning to active ministry. Fr. Steve has sent me
a letter in which he resigns as pastor of your parishes and seeks to retire. I have accepted his resignation
and his retirement, with thanks for his years of priestly service, effective March 31, 2020.
As Diocesan Administrator, I am not able at this time to appoint pastors. Fr. Nediakala will remain in
your parishes as Administrator until a new bishop is appointed.
Please know of my prayers for all of you at this time. May you have a Blessed Holy Week and a joyful
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend James B. Bissonette
03/19/20 3:42 pm
During this time of suspended public Masses, there are a number of places, both within the diocese and outside of it, where Mass is available via livestream.
A prayer of Spiritual Communion may be made at the appropriate time of the Mass, or at any time of the day or multiple times of the day:Read More
03/18/20 11:41 am
March 18, 2020 — In a directive today, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, announced additional temporary measures to help stem the spread of Covid-19.
03/13/20 11:14 am
March 13, 2020
In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) across the world and now to Minnesota, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, has dispensed Catholics in the diocese from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the duration of the crisis.Read More