Dave Hrbacek

Dave is a staff writer and photographer for The Catholic Spirit. You can follow him on twitter or email him at hrbacekd@archspm.org.

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Archdiocese’s Venezuelan mission parish suffering in food crisis

Archdiocese’s Venezuelan mission parish suffering in food crisis

| July 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

“Everybody’s just going hungry,” said Father Greg Schaffer, pastor of Jesucristo Resucitado in San Felix, Venezuela, who last month was named vicar general of the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana. “You go to the grocery store and the shelves are bare.”

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Lakeville senior nurtures her garden, neighborhood and parish

Lakeville senior nurtures her garden, neighborhood and parish

| June 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

“I have so many slogans in this house, it’s just amazing,” said the 70-year-old member of St. Joseph in Rosemount. “My biggest one is: Wish it, dream it, do it.”

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Ursulines bid farewell to Villa Maria retreat center near Lake Pepin

Ursulines bid farewell to Villa Maria retreat center near Lake Pepin

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The absence of Ursuline sisters at Villa Maria and its distance from the order’s provincial office in St. Louis were key factors in the province leadership team’s decision to close the retreat center and sell the property.

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Laughter a ministry for new Redemptorist priest

Laughter a ministry for new Redemptorist priest

| June 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

Father Aaron Meszaros walked into a second-grade classroom at St. Alphonsus School in Brooklyn Center May 26 with a suitcase in one hand and a stuffed chicken in the other.

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The anatomy of a great homily

The anatomy of a great homily

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

What goes into a good homily?

The Catholic Spirit put the question to Father Thomas Margevicius, who teaches homiletics to men preparing for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul.

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‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

‘Why be a priest?’ Once skeptical, Father McClellan now has his answer

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Father Michael McClellan was in grade school at Divine Mercy in Faribault, his mother would tell people she thought her son would be a priest someday.

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Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

Once on track to be a doctor, Father Daly looks to heal souls

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Michael Daly seemed on his way to becoming a doctor and doing mission work in Honduras.

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Nine men prepare to be ordained priests

Nine men prepare to be ordained priests

| May 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

Nine men are scheduled to be ordained priests by Archbishop Bernard Hebda at a 10 a.m. Mass May 28 at the Cathedral of St. Paul. It will be the first time Archbishop will ordain priests in the archdiocese.

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Nine transitional deacons ordained

Nine transitional deacons ordained

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ordained transitional deacons were Paul Baker, Nicholas Froehle, Matthew Quail, Timothy Sandquist, Matthew Shireman, Brandon Theisen, Chad VanHoose and Benjamin Wittnebel.

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Archbishop Hebda ‘the type of person you wish would become a priest’

Archbishop Hebda ‘the type of person you wish would become a priest’

| May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

“I think maybe I had been distracted for a bit, and thinking I could do all these other things to better the world, and was losing sight of the great work a priest can do,” Archbishop Hebda said of his college years. “When I started going to daily Mass, that renewed my interest in serving as a priest.”

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Seminarians set for May 14 deacon ordination with new archbishop

Seminarians set for May 14 deacon ordination with new archbishop

| May 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Among the first official acts Archbishop-designate Bernard Hebda will perform following his installation as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis May 13 will be ordaining nine transitional deacons 10 a.m. May 14 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

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St. Michael couple surprised by joy in the midst of death

St. Michael couple surprised by joy in the midst of death

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Some say there is nothing worse than losing your child.

Laura and Franco Fanucci of St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove would agree. Yet, they were shocked to experience joy amid deep grief as they held not one but two dying newborns in a span of 24 hours at the end of February.

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