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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New sidewalk counselor: ‘My heart goes out’ to women in crisis pregnancies

New sidewalk counselor: ‘My heart goes out’ to women in crisis pregnancies

| January 6, 2017 | 12 Comments

It didn’t take long for Nicky Peters to feel the drama of being a sidewalk counselor outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.

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A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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Stillwater family carries on Zach Sobiech’s legacy

Stillwater family carries on Zach Sobiech’s legacy

| December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Danny Valerius of Stillwater stood with his parents and two older brothers in the Mall of America rotunda as a crowd of hundreds gathered Dec. 9 for an annual fundraising event put on by KS95 radio to honor the memory of Zach Sobiech, who died of cancer in 2013 at age 18.

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Four pianos and counting fuel family’s piano-playing passion

Four pianos and counting fuel family’s piano-playing passion

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Take one step into the entryway of Teresa and Jared Taggart’s home in Blaine, and not one but two pianos can be spotted to the immediate left.

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Couple turns to stone for help with troubled marriage

Couple turns to stone for help with troubled marriage

| November 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

Final installment in a 14-part series highlighting local Catholics who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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What’s in a wake? Prayer, sharing of memories, expert says

What’s in a wake? Prayer, sharing of memories, expert says

| October 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

John Cherek, director of Catholic Cemeteries, shared his thoughts about wakes with The Catholic Spirit.

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Medina family adopts children with special needs from China

Medina family adopts children with special needs from China

| October 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

14 and counting

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Archbishop Hebda’s AYD message: Youth ‘extremely important’ to Church

Archbishop Hebda’s AYD message: Youth ‘extremely important’ to Church

| October 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda will attend his first Archdiocesan Youth Day Oct. 29 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in River Centre in St. Paul. He shared his thoughts about the upcoming event with The Catholic Spirit.

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Burnsville couple can’t stomach hunger

Burnsville couple can’t stomach hunger

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Burnsville parishioners battle starvation in the Philippines; pastor honors ministry work in new icon

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UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

UST psychology professor helps others grow in virtue

| September 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

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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