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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Dads, kids share faith and fun at yearly camping trip

Dads, kids share faith and fun at yearly camping trip

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every June, the doughnut supply in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, gets depleted. A rush of dads and their children from St. Rose of Lima church and school in Roseville descend on this small town during their annual summer camping trip, which they have been doing for the last 11 years.

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Cretin-Derham Hall’s Engler nears end of his 25-year journey as school president

Cretin-Derham Hall’s Engler nears end of his 25-year journey as school president

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

A 25-year-old photo sits in the office of Dick Engler, president of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul.

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St. Joseph parishioners gather to light candles, write notes and pray

St. Joseph parishioners gather to light candles, write notes and pray

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

A basket sat in the gathering space at St. Joseph in West St. Paul. It contained cards, many addressed to Bishop Lee Piché, who had been the pastor there from 1999 to 2005.

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Chancellor, 2 priests run in solidarity at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth

Chancellor, 2 priests run in solidarity at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth

| June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

It’s not often that a runner is suffering before the race even begins.

But, such was the case for Susan Mulheron before the start of the annual Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth June 20.

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Consecrated virgin calls being bride of Christ a ‘wonderful fit’

Consecrated virgin calls being bride of Christ a ‘wonderful fit’

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

After taking a vacation in June 1995, Dr. Linda Long returned to her job as a cardiologist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul with a ring on her finger.

A patient noticed the jewelry and made a comment.

“She was so excited for me,” Long said. “She said, ‘Oh, Dr. Long, you got married.’ And, I said, ‘Well, yes I did, but not in the usual way.’”

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Stars of service

Stars of service

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield helps a pair of students hosted an All School Service Day May 28. The second annual event involves all students partaking in service activities throughout the day, and was organized by AHA service coordinator Paul Ruhland. A group of juniors made sandwiches for a local organization called The Sandwich Project, with the sandwiches to be distributed to those in need.

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St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors

St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Teacher Nellie Hennen asked a simple question of her nine first- and second-grade students at St. Bernard School in Cologne.

“How many of you love your school?” she said.

Almost in unison, nine hands shot up into the air.

The teacher flashed a smile, but her expression quickly turned sad. This would be the last day, May 28, that she could ask that question in her classroom — ever. It was the final day of classes for the school, which would close its doors for good the next day after a school picnic. The display board in front of the main office celebrating 135 years of the school’s history would be taken down.

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For Anderson, childhood Bible jump-starts journey to priesthood

For Anderson, childhood Bible jump-starts journey to priesthood

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

An accidental glance at a Bible atop a stack of cardboard moving boxes was the turning point in Jake Anderson’s spiritual life.

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Diabetes suffering nearly derailed vocation, now enhances it

Diabetes suffering nearly derailed vocation, now enhances it

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Deacon James Stiles’ journey to the priesthood nearly ended before it began.

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Honoring Father Froehle

Honoring Father Froehle

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt blesses a plaque in honor of Father Charles Froehle during a dedication ceremony April 30 at the St. Paul Seminary.

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Sharing giggles and God: At 25, Splatter Sisters entertaining a new generation

Sharing giggles and God: At 25, Splatter Sisters entertaining a new generation

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tyler Lillemo of St. Odilia in Shoreview smiled with delight as he watched his three young daughters jump, dance and sing at a performance by the Splatter Sisters April 27 at his parish.

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Hope award winner

Hope award winner

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jeff Cavins received the Christ Brings Hope award from Relevant Radio during the annual Christ Brings Hope Banquet April 23 in Bloomington.

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