A Nativity for North Dakota

December 4

I am very excited to tell you that for the first time ever, a nativity scene will shine next to the state Christmas tree in the North Dakota State Capitol Memorial Hall. The scene and its associated Christmas celebration are sponsored by North Dakota Catholic Daughters.

Why am I excited? For a couple reasons. First and foremost, it is an affirmation that our state explicitly recognizes the importance of the birth of Christ in this Christmas season. Thank you, Governor Burgum for supporting this important observance of Christmas.

Second, the Halls of Bismarck are intended to represent our state. With over 75% of our state self-identifying as Christian, it seems only appropriate that a nativity scene be present at the State Capitol.

Won’t you join us next week and celebrate the birth of our Savior at the Capitol? The nativity scene will be lit at an ecumenical celebration 4-4:30 pm, Thursday, December 5, which will include a choir, words from Al Jaeger our Secretary of State and others, as well as singing of Christmas carols.

Tickets and advance notice are not required – just show up. You can contact Laurel Ann Dukart at 701-335-9613 with any questions you might have. See you there!


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director