Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt is the 11th Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. View the Archbishop's full bio.

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Holy Spirit’s gifts, patron saints bolster confirmandi’s lives

Holy Spirit’s gifts, patron saints bolster confirmandi’s lives

In my last column, I devoted some thoughts to the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation, its origin and its meaning. I would like to continue those reflections again this week by focusing on the effects of this great sacrament.

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Los dones del Espiritu Santo y los santos patrones, re-enfuerzan las vidas de los confirmandos

Los dones del Espiritu Santo y los santos patrones, re-enfuerzan las vidas de los confirmandos

En mi última columna, he dedicado algunas reflexiones acerca de la celebración del sacramento de la confirmación, su origen y su significado. Me gustaría continuar esas reflexiones nuevamente esta semana, centrándome en los efectos de este gran sacramento.

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Confirmation perfects ‘new life’ of baptism

Confirmation perfects ‘new life’ of baptism

The Easter Season is a most appropriate time for the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation. While this powerful sacrament can be celebrated at any time of the year, spring is the season that, to my mind, complements it best.

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Diaconate ‘an essential dimension’ of Church

Diaconate ‘an essential dimension’ of Church

| April 23, 2015

I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming the National Association of Diaconate Directors (NAAD) to the Archdiocese for their annual convention from Tuesday, April 21, through Friday, April 24. On their agenda for this gathering are preparations for their 2018 Congress, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the re-establishment of the permanent diaconate here in the United States of America.

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Ministerio del diaconado, una dimensión especial de la iglesia

Ministerio del diaconado, una dimensión especial de la iglesia

| April 23, 2015

Tengo el gran placer de dar la bienvenida a la Asociación Nacional de Directores del Diaconado (NAAD) a ésta Arquidiócesis para su convención anual que se llevará a cabo desde el martes 21 hasta el viernes 24 de abril. En su agenda para esta reunión se encuentran los preparativos para su Congreso 2018, donde celebrarán el 50 aniversario del establecimiento del diaconado permanente en los Estados Unidos de América.

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Physician-assisted suicide part of ‘throwaway culture’

Physician-assisted suicide part of ‘throwaway culture’

It was a terrible shock to learn that the reason behind the crash of Germanwings Airbus A320 airliner on March 30, 2015, in the southeastern French Alps may have been the intentional decision of the co-pilot to kill himself and all 149 passengers as well.

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Suicidio médicamente asistido parte de ‘una cultura del descarte’

Suicidio médicamente asistido parte de ‘una cultura del descarte’

Los autores del proyecto de ley, Archivo 1880 del Senado, son los Senadores Eaton, Pappas, Dibble y Marty. Animo a nuestros lectores a ponerse en contacto con estos legisladores y compartir su convicción de que toda vida humana tiene valor y debe de ser protegida.

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Like reality TV, Holy Week liturgies invite participants into the drama

Like reality TV, Holy Week liturgies invite participants into the drama

| March 26, 2015

I am not one to watch much television with the exception of the evening news. Yet, even I am aware of the tremendous popularity that reality TV is experiencing in today’s culture. Viewers are being drawn into live experiences with shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or “Survivor,” “The Bachelor” or “American Idol.”

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Como en reality TV, las liturgias de la Semana Santa nos invitan a ser participantes en el drama

Como en reality TV, las liturgias de la Semana Santa nos invitan a ser participantes en el drama

| March 26, 2015

Yo no soy de los que ven mucha televisión con la excepción de las noticias de la tarde. Sin embargo, yo estoy consciente de la enorme popularidad que la reality TV está experimentando en la cultura actual. Los espectadores están siendo arrastrados a vivir experiencias con programas como “Bailando con las estrellas” o “Survivor”, “The Bachelor” o “American Idol”.

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Deepen prayer life with ‘lectio divina’ this Lent

Deepen prayer life with ‘lectio divina’ this Lent

| March 12, 2015

St. Paul tells the Ephesians and us:

“At every opportunity pray in the Spirit, using prayers and petitions of every sort. Pray constantly and attentively for all in the holy company” (Ephesians 6:18).

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Esta Cuaresma, profundice  su vida de oración con ‘lectio divina’

Esta Cuaresma, profundice su vida de oración con ‘lectio divina’

| March 12, 2015

Esta Cuaresma, profundice su vida de oración con ‘lectio divina’ San Pablo le dice a los Efesios y a nosotros:

“Vivan en constante oración y súplica guiados por el Espíritu y para esto perseveren y oren con la mayor insistencia por todos los creyentes” (Efesios 6:18).

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Cathedral an oasis for all seeking God’s presence

Cathedral an oasis for all seeking God’s presence

| February 26, 2015

My introduction to the Cathedral of St. Paul came by way of an invitation from two seminarians. In 2002, I was serving my first year as bishop of New Ulm. My two seminarians studying at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul invited me up on a Sunday evening to attend a concert being held at the cathedral. I suggested that we have dinner prior to the event and so we did. However, our conversation ran over and by the time we reached the cathedral, only the back row was open. But that proved to be a huge advantage.

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