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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Rosary maker grows his own beads

Rosary maker grows his own beads

| October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

For most of his life, August Bueltel of Savage rarely held a rosary.

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Puerto Rico native surprised by call to become a bishop

Puerto Rico native surprised by call to become a bishop

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Juan Miguel Betancourt Torres was meeting with a seminarian the afternoon of Sept. 11 when his phone rang. He ignored it.

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For cartoonist, guardian angels are no joke

For cartoonist, guardian angels are no joke

| September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Comics show eternity and everyday life from an angelic perspective

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Seminary staff, men ‘very sad’ to lose Bishop-elect Betancourt

Seminary staff, men ‘very sad’ to lose Bishop-elect Betancourt

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bishop-elect Juan Miguel Betancourt Torres was trying to slip out the back door of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity the morning of Sept. 17 without being noticed.

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St. Jerome School in Maplewood welcomes children of Karen refugees

St. Jerome School in Maplewood welcomes children of Karen refugees

| September 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

It seems like a typical morning school scene: dozens of students pouring out of a bus, backpacks over shoulders, chatting with friends before the 9:30 a.m. bell.

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Catholic education supporter to receive first Aim Higher Foundation award

Catholic education supporter to receive first Aim Higher Foundation award

| September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Local philanthropist Karen Rauenhorst channels her lifelong passion for Catholic schools into helping children have the same educational opportunities she did.

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Catholic couple truck food and faith around the metro

Catholic couple truck food and faith around the metro

| August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

On a warm, cloudy evening at Lowell Park in Stillwater Aug. 14, the smell of frying batter hung heavy in the air as Kelly Leahy stood over a vat of oil inside his food trailer.

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North Minneapolis family suffers trauma, finds hope and help from St. Bridget parish community

North Minneapolis family suffers trauma, finds hope and help from St. Bridget parish community

| August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mommy, Kayden’s dead!”

These words horrified Nicolle Peltier the morning of June 11. They came over the phone, in a call alerting her that an SUV fleeing police had slammed into three of her seven children playing at a north Minneapolis park with her husband, Kyle.

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New seminary rector brings ‘very unique gifts’

New seminary rector brings ‘very unique gifts’

| July 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Taphorn will be building on two decades of rich priestly experience when he assumes the role of rector of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in January.

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Couple chooses to wed during Sunday liturgy at Transfiguration parish

Couple chooses to wed during Sunday liturgy at Transfiguration parish

| July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Gretchen Berkebile was just days away from her scheduled wedding July 14 at Transfiguration in Oakdale, and her joy was evident as she talked about the details of a ceremony that was to take place during the parish’s regularly scheduled 5 p.m. Saturday Mass — an usual move, but one the Church allows.

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Father Taphorn named new rector of St. Paul Seminary

Father Taphorn named new rector of St. Paul Seminary

| July 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I am grateful to Archbishop Hebda and the seminary Board of Trustees for the opportunity to work with men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood and forming those who God is calling to ordination,” Father Joseph Taphorn said in a July 16 statement.

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Stillwater bookstore fights to keep doors open

Stillwater bookstore fights to keep doors open

| July 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

An ancient book on a wooden pedestal in a downtown Stillwater shop stands as a testament to the value of a “brick and mortar” bookselling business.

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