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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Deacon Charles Bernard known for humility, woodworking

Deacon Charles Bernard known for humility, woodworking

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The handiwork of Deacon Charles Bernard will be prominently displayed at his funeral Mass 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Risen Savior in Burnsville.

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Basilica parishioner describes directing ‘Love and Mercy’ film

Basilica parishioner describes directing ‘Love and Mercy’ film

| February 4, 2016 | 1 Comment

Basilica of St. Mary parishioner and movie producer and director Bill Pohlad will participate in the annual Mental Health Film Festival at the Basilica, 6 p.m. Feb. 11. He will show “Love and Mercy,” the 2014 film he directed about the life of Brian Wilson, lead singer of the Beach Boys.

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Archdiocese recognizes two new Catholic schools

Archdiocese recognizes two new Catholic schools

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis officially has gained two new Catholic schools: Chesterton Academy in Edina and Elizabeth Ann Seton Montessori in West St. Paul. After working for years to gain this status, the schools were granted the designation Jan. 29 by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, solidifying the relationship between the schools and the archdiocese.

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Poor Clare sister, 102, was talented weaver, painter

Poor Clare sister, 102, was talented weaver, painter

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Feisty, tough and, oh, so tender, always quick to say, ‘I am sorry.’” That’s how Sister Beth Lynn described fellow Poor Clare Sister Anne Condon, who died Jan. 11 at Saint Therese of New Hope. She was 102.

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Shakopee school retires $100K debt

Shakopee school retires $100K debt

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

“It’s pretty exciting, it’s just a big step forward,” Father Erik Lundgren said. “We’re delighted that we can roll it out as part of Catholic Schools Week. The general message is we think we’re one of the finest schools in the Twin Cities and it’s going to get only better. The way I like to put it is I consider it [retiring the debt] the snowflake on top of the tip of the iceberg.”

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Pope to commission Cathedral rector ‘missionary of mercy’

Pope to commission Cathedral rector ‘missionary of mercy’

| January 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

Father John Ubel isn’t certain what specifically he will do as a Missionary of Mercy. He is aware that the designation will allow him to remit canonical penalties associated with certain serious sins, such as abortion. More than that, he thinks it will be a chance for him to make mercy more visible in the Church and from the pulpit.

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Pennies raised put teacher on the wall at Bloomington school

Pennies raised put teacher on the wall at Bloomington school

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Physical education teacher Blair Benecke found herself up against a wall — literally.

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Navy admiral talks about leadership at St. Thomas Academy

Navy admiral talks about leadership at St. Thomas Academy

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

“It was a completely different experience for me. I’ve never met someone that high up in the military,” said senior Ben Philbin. “His entire premise was centered around one of the most important parts of leadership — caring for who you are a leader for.

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Life at 105: Letters to inmates and lots of chocolates

Life at 105: Letters to inmates and lots of chocolates

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sister Mary Mark Mahoney should have been expecting a birthday party Jan. 11. After all, she turned 105 that day.

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Totino-Grace to graduate first seniors with engineering know-how

Totino-Grace to graduate first seniors with engineering know-how

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

“We developed this for probably two years prior to starting this program,” said Dan Vandermyde, who co-directs the engineering program with teacher Matt Thibodeau. “What we realized is that most people don’t have a true understanding of what engineering is, what engineers do and how big and broad that [field] is, how many different and varied career opportunities are available within that engineering umbrella.

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St. Pascal Baylon replaces stolen tabernacle

St. Pascal Baylon replaces stolen tabernacle

| January 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul recently replaced a bronze tabernacle stolen from the church Sept. 4. The new one is a replica of the stolen tabernacle and was made by Excelsis, a U.S. manufacturer of church goods. It arrived at the parish Dec. 23 and was blessed at Masses Jan. 2 and 3.

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New Year’s baby

New Year’s baby

| January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul celebrated the New Year with the birth of Brayden Andrew Kuenster, who was born at 1:27 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

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