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Finding Calm Waters

Bishop William Joensen reflects on the recent Gospel reading, our need for humility and to trust in Jesus. Bishop also offers gratitude for local religious and asks for prayers for one of our own...


News & Blog

News: Blackbaud Data Security Incident

August 11, 2020

We were recently notified by one of our third-party service providers, Blackbaud, that a data breach occurred earlier this year. Sensitive information such as Social Security numbers and tax ID numbers was not accessed because it was encrypted for protection. We do not believe there is a need for our donors or vendors to take any action at this time but in the interest of transparency, we want to share this news with you.

Bishop: Flats, Furloughs and Sabbath Rest

July 27, 2020

In early July I finally set out on the Great Western Trail for what I hoped would be a bike ride down to Martensdale and back. I sailed along for the first ten miles, but then my back tire flatted and so I pulled over to change the tube. I'm not the most adept at bike maintenance, and sure enough, I pinched the tube while installing it, and so was quite receptive to the friendly group that stopped to lend a hand and get me back on the road. Ten more miles...

To Reconcile All Things: Racism in America

July 7, 2020

Justin White, diocesan director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, says we are not immune to the ways of the world that are sinful, so we must strive in the name of Jesus against them.

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Social Justice

In Catholic Social Justice Teaching, the Church outlines seven specific ways we can put our faith into action by loving one another.