In the biggest trade deal of the summer, the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota is sending Fr. Mike Schmitz to the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois in exchange for three transitional deacons. "We're really just trying to increase the amount of young talent for the diocese," said Lenore Yates, a representative of the Duluth Diocese. "Joliet has a large number of seminarians, but they're lacking a big name priest and this trade is just mutually beneficial."
The former rookie of the year has been a beacon of hope for the often forgotten midwest diocese. He has an impressive .378 conversion rate among fallen away Catholics and a diocesan best .149 conversion rate among non-Catholics. While his baptism numbers were down this past year, he became the most improved confessor, thanks in part to his attendance at multiple conferences towards the end of the liturgical year. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2049, but has said that he is excited about the new oppertunites.
Commissioner Francis has yet to approve the trade, but sources say that everything should be settled by next week.