Called To Be One

In April 2016, Bishop Paul Sirba announced a planning process for the Duluth Area Catholic Schools that “would unify their operations into one city-wide school with multiple campuses” offering a Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade continuum of education.  The Called To Be One recommended plan was presented to the Duluth Area Catholic Schools Board on January 12th and the plan was approved by the Board and Bishop Sirba on January 19th.  More details on the implementation timeline will be provided as soon as they are available. 

Read the press release announcing the decision here

Read the letter from Bishop Sirba to school families and staff announcing the decision here

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions as well as a list of Called To Be One team members can be found here.
Your questions are important to us!  If you need further information or have unanswered questions please contact us by email here

News About Called To Be One

January 20, 2017 Press Coverage of Called To Be One Plan

WDIO-TV Called 2B1 Coverage here.
Fox 21 TV Coverage here.
Duluth News Tribune Story here.


October 26, 2016 Press Release here.

September 24, 2016 Retreat Coverage

WDIO-TV News coverage here.
Northland's News center coverage here.

August 16, 2016 News Conference Press Release here.

Coverage in the Duluth News Tribune here.
Northland's News Center coverage here.
WDIO-TV News coverage here.

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Resource Library

We invite you to use these resources to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith and education, both past and present, as we form our vision for the future.  

Read "Echoes from the Past" here.

Duluth Area Catholic Schools

Duluth Area Catholic Schools offer high academic standards in a faith-filled educational environment. OurDuluth Area Catholic Schools logo neighborhood schools are Holy Rosary Catholic SchoolSt. James Catholic SchoolSt. John the Evangelist Catholic School and St. Michael’s Lakeside Catholic School in Duluth, Minn. Each offers a safe, studious, joyful Catholic school experience that upholds high standards of teaching and the even higher standards of Christ.

Feast of Faith 2016 Keynote Address

Sister John Mary Fleming, Executive Director for the Secretariat for Catholic Education at the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops and our keynote speaker at the Feast of Faith dinner in October, spoke about Catholic school education as a gift.  "It is a gift of a lifetime.  It is a gift that could change the lives of many young people."  She also said that as parents, we want our children to be "happy, healthy and holy."  

Watch Sister John Mary's complete keynote address (about 25 minutes) as she speaks of the gift of Catholic schools and how they can remain instrumental in forming happy, healthy and holy children in 21st century society. Thank you for your support of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Duluth.