Pastoral Letters

Do This In Memory of Me

By Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: My earliest recollections of the Sacred Liturgy are from my home parish church, providentially named “the Church of Saint Paul.” Continue reading

Abortion and a Failure of Community

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: I write to you today with concern and hope. My concern is for the many women in our community who do not find the support they need for their health, safety and well-being during pregnancy or after their children are born. My hope is for you and me to respond as the people of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

I Have Not Come to be Served, but to Serve

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: I would like to take the occasion of this pastoral letter to recognize the important contribution of 25 years of service by the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Continue reading

The Moral Conscience

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: There are those who view the moral conscience as personal, internal, subjective and open to no criticism from without. Even in the Catechism of the Catholic Church one might think to find justification for such an outlook. Continue reading

A Time to Reap: Pastoral Letter on Aging

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: These beautiful words from the book of Exodus provide a solid foundation for the message I want to share with you about aging and care for the aging. Continue reading

In God’s Image: Pastoral Letter on Racism

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: In the Hebrew Scriptures the prophet Micah gives us a simple but very challenging formula for holiness. Continue reading

A Pastoral Letter on Marriage and the Family

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Following the command and example of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church proclaims that “by (God’s) plan man and woman are united, and married life is established as the one blessing not forfeited by original sin nor washed away in the flood.” Continue reading

The Sacrament of Penance – Gift to the Church

By Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn,
Archbishop Emeritus,
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: As I reflected upon the power of forgiveness in our lives; I was reminded of a true story concerning Bishop James Walsh, MM. Bishop Walsh served the people of China for many years, but after the government became communistic, he was convicted of treason. Continue reading