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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UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

More than 100 quotes typewritten on yellow sheets of paper are taped to the walls of John Buri’s cramped basement office at the University of St. Thomas.

They contain a wealth of information that has guided him over decades as a psychology professor at the St. Paul school. One of the quotes stands out. It is from the New Testament. It is the only one made into a plaque, done so as a gift from a group of longtime friends who know how ardently and passionately he works to encourage others in their spiritual lives.

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Cello on a stick: Woman with religious hopes wins State Fair talent competition

Cello on a stick: Woman with religious hopes wins State Fair talent competition

| September 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

Anne Goedtke loves the Minnesota State Fair.
This year, the Fair loved her back.

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St. Paul street named after Mother Teresa in 2004

St. Paul street named after Mother Teresa in 2004

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mother Teresa of Kolkata is memorialized on a street just one block away from the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Delano deacon devotes decades to digging graves as he prays for those laid to rest

Delano deacon devotes decades to digging graves as he prays for those laid to rest

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Deacon Joe Kittok digs holes for a living. He spends an hour and a half several times a week removing about 4 cubic yards of dirt, which he takes to his 35-acre property in Delano and spills onto the ground. He gets $400 per hole, which adds up to a decent living.

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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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