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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For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The wish of Deacon Paul Hedman’s great-grandmother is about to come true.

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Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than a decade ago, Deacon Tim Tran had set his career path and was on his way to fulfilling it at the University of Minnesota.

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Minnesota Knights thrilled by news that founder Father McGivney will be beatified

Minnesota Knights thrilled by news that founder Father McGivney will be beatified

| May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Knights of Columbus got good news from the Vatican May 27 when it announced that Father Michael McGivney, founder of the international fraternal organization, will be beatified.

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Retired priest dies of COVID-19; longtime friend anointed him in final days

Retired priest dies of COVID-19; longtime friend anointed him in final days

| May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

On May 14, Father James Herrmann became the first priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to die of COVID-19. He was 82.

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St. Paul nurse relies on the Holy Spirit in caring for COVID-19 patients

St. Paul nurse relies on the Holy Spirit in caring for COVID-19 patients

| May 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Rebecca Maslow’s work day begins long before she walks through the doors of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis to work as a nurse in the intensive care unit.

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Bishop Cozzens assembles priest team for anointing COVID-19 patients

Bishop Cozzens assembles priest team for anointing COVID-19 patients

| April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

With local hospitals tightening restrictions for entering the rooms of patients with COVID-19, Bishop Andrew Cozzens is addressing an important pastoral need — administering the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to those suffering from the illness who are in danger of dying.

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Priests get creative in ministering to COVID-19 patients at Twin Cities hospitals

Priests get creative in ministering to COVID-19 patients at Twin Cities hospitals

| April 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Father Jerome Fehn first started doing hospital ministry in the 1980s, he could not have imagined needing a video camera to provide pastoral care to a patient.

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Priest draws on his own health issue in ministry as Minneapolis hospital chaplain

Priest draws on his own health issue in ministry as Minneapolis hospital chaplain

| April 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ministering on the front lines has created opportunities for him to talk about the faith with people, as they begin thinking more about death because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He recalled a recent conversation with a nurse, who said she was afraid of dying and wondered where God was in the midst of this health crisis.

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Twin Cities ICU nurse heads to New York to care for COVID-19 patients

Twin Cities ICU nurse heads to New York to care for COVID-19 patients

| April 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

“So many people who are very ill and are alone, I think, is really awful,” Hernandez said. “So, while I feel anxiety and sadness about entering that environment, I really am grateful to also be able to be with people at that time who are otherwise alone.”

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Priest remembered for writing teen advice column

Priest remembered for writing teen advice column

| April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Redemptorist Father Martin Stillmock, who once wrote an advice column for teens that appeared in diocesan newspapers across the country and who served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for more than two decades, died March 29 at St. Clement Redemptorist Mission Community in Ligouri, Missouri.

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Catholics take part in the ‘war effort’ by making and donating masks, face shields

Catholics take part in the ‘war effort’ by making and donating masks, face shields

| April 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

“The need is tremendous,” said Westlake about his face shields. “I get an email an hour from somebody who says, ‘Can you make some for us?’ or, ‘How soon can you get us a lot?’ People are asking for 100 or 200 at a time.”

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New Brighton pastor tours seven parks bearing the Eucharist

New Brighton pastor tours seven parks bearing the Eucharist

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Shovelain of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton knew parishioners couldn’t come to the church for Eucharist because of restrictions to curb spread of the coronavirus. So, he brought the Eucharist to them.

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