Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Msgr. David Kagan - New Bishop of Bismark North Dakota Will Find Quite A Dynamic Diocese

The Pope appointed a Bishop for our shores this morning. See here for information on that. I expect Whispers in the Loggia at some point today will also write up an extensive post.

I always take these occasions to look at these Diocese out here in fly over country. It't not all New York , Boston , St Louis, and New Orleans out here. So here is the Diocese of Bismark North Dakota. According to the web site the total population in the counties of this Diocese is approximately 280,836; the Catholic population is approximately 59,000.

I have to say for a Diocese of this size it has a rather large amount of Parishes. Here is a list of their Priest clergy. Here is a list of their Deacons.

I am always interested in the vocation situation in these Diocese out in Middle America. I do like their well done vocation page. Here is a list and pictures of the Diocese's Seminarians which have 17 in some sort of stage of formation. One problem with the Vocation page is where are options for a call to the religious life for females and males. But beside that rather glaring problem its well done.

While I am sure the Diocese would like to double that number that seems like a good number all things considered as we continue to recover from the drop in men engaging a possible vocation to the Priesthood

As always to sort of get a feel for the Diocese the Catholic newspaper is a good place to start. Here is their recent edition.


Anonymous said...

I sure hope this is not another "conservative" appointment! We need to have some new ideas prevail. New as in Vatican II since the newer priests and the current pope seem to have ideas of going back to the 1940's and 50's. Which we do not need! It is becoming more difficult to keep the faith with these old ideas prevailing!

Catholic for 57 years, educated by nuns and priests, but becoming weary of these new "old" ideas.

Anonymous said...

I would appreciate if those comment would indicate if they are current residents of any diocese about which they wish to make a comment. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

If you are referring to a specific diocese, at least take the time to spell it correctly!
It is the Diocese of Bismarck, not Bismark!

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