In conjunction with the kickoff of the Year of Faith (which will be celebrated Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013) Bishop Kagan has published a pastoral letter titled 'I Call You Friends,' which was included as an insert in the September issue of the Dakota Catholic Action.

In explaining the purpose of his letter, which focuses on chapter 15 of the Gospel of John, Bishop Kagan said he prays that readers "will come to know and love and serve God better as a Divine friend."

Included in the letter are appendices containing suggested readings, devotions and prayers. Bishop Kagan also specifically urges readers to obtain and read the Lives of the Saints.

In this video, Bishop Kagan explains his hopes for the use of the pastoral letter (and its suggestions) to deepen our own personal friendship with God.

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