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The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Have Many People Celebrating Easter From Home

Religious Leaders in the F-M Are are trying to adjust to the new normal.

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Diocese will provide its Easter weekend services online. “These are going to be live streamed. There will be no congregation present. So, that’s probably the biggest difference is, we won’t have anybody in sanctuary except for the presider and those involved in the mass. And the congregation needs to take part at home. That’s just…

Local Churches Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic

As confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the nation, places of worship in the metro are taking precautions

FARGO, N.D. — Although low church attendance isn’t usually good news for pastors, things are a bit different this Sunday. “I think that’s a good sign because I think people are making good, solid decisions for their own health and they know what’s best for them,” says Pastor Ray Baker of Faith United Methodist Church in Fargo. Baker says the…

Alleged Sexual Assault Survivor Comes Forward, Claims Fargo Diocese Blamed Her for Abuse

She says Father Michael Wight took advantage of her

FARGO, N.D. — A woman gives an emotional statement about an alleged sexual assault she experienced at a Belcourt church, a place she calls her everything. ” Michael was my spiritual father. I trusted him even when I didn’t trust him. I just wanted a father who loved me. I never had that,” Kateri Marion said. She says Father Michael…

“It Was Her Fault” Attorneys Claim Fargo Diocese Blamed Alleged Sexual Assault Survivor

FARGO, N.D. – Attorneys for an alleged sexual assault survivor say the Fargo Diocese told them “it was her fault” after coming forward. The law firms of Bradshaw and Bryant and O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss will hold a press conference Thursday, July 11 in Fargo. They claim Father Michael Wright abused someone at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Belcourt, North…

Former Fargo Priest Accused of Molesting Two Teens Makes First Court Appearance

Bail for Fernando Sayasaya was set at $5 million

FARGO, N.D. —¬†Fernando Sayasaya, the former Fargo Catholic priest accused of molesting two underage boys, made his initial court appearance. Over the course of 19 years, it took the Fargo and West Fargo Police Departments, the FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Philippines national police to capture and bring former Catholic priest Fernando Sayasaya back to North Dakota. “I’d be lying…