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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Priests plant native grasses and flowers in spirit of ‘Laudato Si”

Priests plant native grasses and flowers in spirit of ‘Laudato Si”

| September 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

Father Kevin Clinton waded through a field of bluestem prairie grass that reached over his head and up into the deep summer sky Aug. 28.

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Long-time pastor of St. Frances Cabrini dies

Long-time pastor of St. Frances Cabrini dies

| September 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

Father Leo Tibesar, known for putting Catholic social teaching into action, died Aug. 31. He was 74. His funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at St. Frances Cabrini in Minneapolis, with a visitation beginning at 9.

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St. Pascal student prepares to be principal for evening

St. Pascal student prepares to be principal for evening

| August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every student’s fear is to be sent to the principal’s office.

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St. Paul musician composes notes of healing

St. Paul musician composes notes of healing

| July 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

The songs keep coming, and she now understands that performing them is a mission in her life, running alongside her role as wife and mother.

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Father McCauley, former MCC executive director, dies

Father McCauley, former MCC executive director, dies

| July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Teresa Lodoen was caught off guard when she got an email from the pastor of her parish, St. Peter in Mendota, July 7. As she was finishing the wedding rehearsal of her daughter, Natalie, Father Steven Hoffman informed her that a long-time priest friend of hers, Father David McCauley, had died that day. He was 79.

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Father Schwab chooses contemplative Carmelite life as a way to live call

Father Schwab chooses contemplative Carmelite life as a way to live call

| June 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most folks try hard to find time to pray. For some, 15 minutes a day is an accomplishment.

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Taking ‘wrong class’ prompted Father Baker to enter seminary

Taking ‘wrong class’ prompted Father Baker to enter seminary

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Baker remembers a time when sleep was hard to come by. He had graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2009 with majors in history and geography, and thought he might go on to graduate school in library science.

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Looking for a ‘job that can impact lives,’ Father Theisen drawn to priesthood

Looking for a ‘job that can impact lives,’ Father Theisen drawn to priesthood

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

He has enjoyed the prayerful atmosphere at the St. Paul Seminary, and has spent many an hour praying in the chapel. Another takeaway has been the fraternity with his nine classmates. As one of the larger ordination classes in recent years, it has produced a rich diversity of personalities and gifts, he noted.

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Ten youths baptized at Deephaven school Mass

Ten youths baptized at Deephaven school Mass

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“It just speaks volumes of how we as a society are craving that relationship with Christ. I think we’re craving that connection to something that’s bigger and greater than we are.”

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Audrey Assad concert to benefit nonprofit helping Tanzania

Audrey Assad concert to benefit nonprofit helping Tanzania

| April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Audrey Assad will perform May 7 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to benefit Partners 4 Hope Tanzania. Molly Druffner, a parishioner of St. Michael in Stillwater, launched the nonprofit in 2015. The proceeds from the event, Concert for Hope, will be used to buy water tanks for people in the village of Bwambo.

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Local woman gets baptized at age 99

Local woman gets baptized at age 99

| April 4, 2017 | 1 Comment

A casual conversation at a nursing home in Spring Park last fall led to the baptism of a woman just two months shy of her 100th birthday.

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St. Maron parish raises money for cross in Lebanon

St. Maron parish raises money for cross in Lebanon

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, parishioners of St. Maron in Minneapolis are turning to the cross.

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