Archive for September, 2010

Equality, joy at heart of parish administrative assistant’s work

Equality, joy at heart of parish administrative assistant’s work

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

“Make a good day,” Margaret Ahles’ father used to tell her when he dropped her off at Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park, where she attended high school. Today, she tells her own children the same thing. They are words she strives to live by, she said, and she applies them to her work as […]

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Oral surgeon sees mission to treat poor, uninsured

Oral surgeon sees mission to treat poor, uninsured

| September 23, 2010 | 2 Comments

The patients who go to Dr. Thomas Keane’s Edina dental clinic aren’t like the patients one might expect to encounter at a suburban clinic. That’s because Keane is one of only two oral surgeons in the Twin Cities who take most of the area’s Medicaid patients, he explained. “We don’t close our doors to anybody,” […]

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Teen Center manager sees Christ in kids with troubles

Teen Center manager sees Christ in kids with troubles

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

It was almost 11 a.m. — opening time for the Teen Center at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Already, 13 kids stood by the door, restlessly awaiting the arrival of the center’s manager, Rob Wills. Within minutes, Wills’ white van appeared, and six kids hurried to meet him. He wore camouflage shorts, a black […]

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Prudential executive has rock-solid foundation

Prudential executive has rock-solid foundation

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Pat Washatka pointed to a plethora of inspirational quotes and photos in her office at Prudential Insurance Company of America in Plymouth to explain her thoughts on leading with faith. Washatka, vice president of operations control services, noted a poster that said: “Character: Adjusting to an ever changing road while holding on to your everlasting […]

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Transparency, collaboration fruits of foundation president’s values

Transparency, collaboration fruits of foundation president’s values

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Catholic Community Foundation president Marilou Eldred sums up her leadership in three words: collaborative, decisive, transparent. And with humor, she added. “I don’t think I could get through the day without laughing a few times,” she said. The Catholic Community Foundation is the largest U.S. community foundation serving Catholic philanthropy. CCF does not invest with […]

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For produce seller, business honors dad’s memory

For produce seller, business honors dad’s memory

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Years ago, Paul Piazza made a pact with his brother: Never would they sit at a desk selling produce like their father. After college, Piazza, determined to forge his own destiny, found work in the stained glass trade. Then, a funny thing happened. Upon hearing that a sales position had opened up at his dad’s […]

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Researcher finds secret to success in prayer

Researcher finds secret to success in prayer

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

“How’s it going?” James Cahill, 71, asked the grocery store manager he met while conducting market research in a store. “Boy, it’s just terrible,” the man replied. “Unless we get some increased traffic in the store today, they’re going to start taking money out of my pay to cover the store’s overhead.” Cahill didn’t miss […]

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Poverty rises: Can Catholic Charities keep up?

Poverty rises: Can Catholic Charities keep up?

| September 23, 2010 | 2 Comments

Every day, Danquita Harris, 11, en­­courages her dad, Mark Harris, to pray: Pray for a job and a place of their own to live. Mark is struggling to find work that fits into Danquita’s school sched­ule, which runs from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ramsey County requires children to be with their parents at […]

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Protecting traditional marriage is focus of state bishops’ initiative

Protecting traditional marriage is focus of state bishops’ initiative

| September 23, 2010

“As the chief pastor of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, I am writing to let you know of an important development that, if suc­cessful, will pro­foundly im­pact families throughout Min­nesota,” Arch­bishop John Nienstedt wrote in a letter to Cath­olics in the archdiocese. “That is, the or­gan­ized effort to re­define marriage in our state.”

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Celebrating a partnership

Celebrating a partnership

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Visiting youth from Jesucristo Resucitado parish in San Felix, Venezuela danced with youth from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis during the 40th anniversary celebration of the archdiocese’s Venezuelan mission

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Many activities, blessings mark fall’s arrival

Many activities, blessings mark fall’s arrival

| September 23, 2010

While the summer months never seem to slow down enough, September, by way of contrast, has certainly been characterized by a flurry of activities.

One of the highlights for me thus far has been the opening Mass at The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, which this year marks a record enrollment of 98 resident students of which 40 seminarians are from this archdiocese. What a tremendous blessing that is!

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Father Wilfrid Upson served poor, alcoholics

Father Wilfrid Upson served poor, alcoholics

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Oblate Father Wilfrid Upson, 80, died Sept. 5 at St. John’s Hospital in Maple­wood. Father Upson served in the archdiocese as pastor of St. Mary in downtown St. Paul from 1976 to 1985. In 1998, he became a resident at St. Casimir in St. Paul and a pastoral volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission. He was noted throughout his priesthood for working with alcoholics and the poorest of the poor. For the past two years, he was a resident at the Cerenity Center in St. Paul.

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