Bismarck, N.D., Aug 23, 2018 / 02:01 am
Earlier this year, St. John parish in Lansford, N.D., was formally transferred from the Diocese of Fargo to the Diocese of Bismarck. The bishops of both dioceses said Mass at the church on Sunday to mark the change and to celebrate with parishioners.
"The fraternal love of Catholics of North Dakota is symbolized in this wonderful parish," Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck said during his homily at the Aug. 19 Mass.
"There's a beauty to this demonstrating the friendship and respect between two bishops who were friends and priests of the Fargo Diocese before being named bishop … This historical day is a sign of our mutual love and respect for one another and abiding love and faith in our Almighty God."
Priests of the Bismarck diocese had been serving the parish since 1949.