Diocese of Duluth Honors Peace Officers with Blue Mass

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 15, 2019 06:09 PM

Wednesday marked Peace Officers Memorial Day. In Duluth, law enforcement were honored for their service with a special mass dedicated to police and to those who have died in line of duty.

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The Blue Mass was hosted by the Diocese of Duluth and Bishop Paul Sirba at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

After the mass, the honor guard lead attendees to a parking lot across the cathedral where Bishop Sirba gathered everyone for a prayer. He blessed police vehicles with holy water.

The Minnesota State Patrol and Duluth Police Department were in attendance, as well as staff and students from the Stella Maris Academy catholic schools.

Police officers said they felt grateful to see the outpouring of community support at the mass.

"We don't always see the right side of people. We see people at their worst times and this is a time where we can get together and see people when they're happy, when they're praising each other, praising god, and praising us,” Sgt. Ryan Morris from the Duluth Police Department, said.

This is the third year the blue mass is hosted. Police said this day gives them a chance to really connect with community members and a day where they are reminded of everyone’s appreciation for the hard work they do.

After the blessing of the police cars, a breakfast reception was hosted at the Holy Rosary campus.

The flags in Minnesota and Wisconsin were ordered to be flown at half-staff Wednesday in honor of peace officers who have been killed or injured in line of duty.

Peace Officers Memorial Day was started on May 15, 1962, by former president, John F. Kennedy.


Alejandra Palacios

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