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Published March 05 2014

Statement regarding fire at Dickinson Trinity HS

DICKINSON, N.D. – The following statement is being released on behalf of Bishop David Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck, Fr. Justin Waltz, diocesan delegate for Catholic education, Dickinson Catholic Schools and the pastors of the four Catholic parishes in Dickinson (Queen of Peace, St. Joseph, St. Patrick and St. Wenceslaus):

“The recent events at Dickinson Trinity High School have been challenging for our Catholic school family and the greater Dickinson community. However, our faith reminds us that Jesus Christ “makes all things new.” The Dickinson community has shown tremendous support toward Dickinson Catholic Schools in the wake of these events, which is truly humbling and inspiring.

“Despite the damage at Trinity High School, we have confidence that Dickinson Catholic Schools and the Dickinson community will emerge from this difficult situation as a stronger family, always making the education and spiritual formation of our students the top priority.

“Bishop Kagan and Dickinson Catholic Schools are committed to moving forward, cooperating with local law enforcement and the Catholic community in full transparency.

On Friday, March 7, Bishop Kagan will lead a meeting of the Dickinson Catholic Schools board of directors, including a full assessment of the Dickinson Trinity High School property at 1 p.m. MST. Although these events are immediately devastating, the future for Dickinson Catholic Schools is filled with hope.”