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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Joe Hall dies

Joe Hall dies

| March 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Joe Hall, whose story of courage and faith in the face of terminal cancer was featured in The Catholic Spirit (Feb. 26, 2015, page 20A), died this morning (March 27) at home surrounded by his family. He was 26.

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Jericho March

Jericho March

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Judy Beaudry of St. Michael in St. Michael and president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Northwest deanery holds up a pro-life message at the Jericho March in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul March 24.

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‘An answer for every cry of the human heart’

‘An answer for every cry of the human heart’

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

U of M parish to usher 17 into Church at Easter

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Sister Dominica Brennan admired for ‘pastoral heart’

Sister Dominica Brennan admired for ‘pastoral heart’

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn had a simple comment about the death of Dominican Sister Dominica Brennan, who formerly served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as the chancellor for canonical affairs.

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St. Pat’s Day Massgoers challenged to honor the ‘Apostle to the Irish’

St. Pat’s Day Massgoers challenged to honor the ‘Apostle to the Irish’

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

In his homily at the Mass, Bishop Piché said that when he thinks of Irish what comes to mind is “a deep human longing for peace and hope for freedom — faith, family, hard work, friends.”

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Four-peat for Islanders

Four-peat for Islanders

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Islanders win fourth consecutive state title with an 82-64 win over St. Paul Johnson in the Class AAA boys basketball finals

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‘Simply being open to God’

‘Simply being open to God’

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prayer is easier than most think, experts say, and Lent is a time to re-examine one’s routine

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Remembering Selma

Remembering Selma

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Local religious leaders participate in an event March 8 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Ala. led by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Wrestler wins state title for Rachel

Wrestler wins state title for Rachel

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

It took longer than expected, but Totino-Grace High School in Fridley finally delivered a state championship to Rachel Woell, a senior who died of cancer on Sept. 26 during an Eagles football game.

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With a broad zeal for life, Brother Paul remembered for love of fellow man, and man’s best friend

With a broad zeal for life, Brother Paul remembered for love of fellow man, and man’s best friend

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rocky and Ruby are fixtures at the Franciscan Brothers of Peace friary in St. Paul. They arrived in 2003, not long after the death of Brother Michael Gaworski, who founded the order in 1982.

The two Labrador retrievers were a gift to thebrothers, specifically Brother Paul O’Donnell, from friends Nicole and Ryan Selleck, who belong to the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. The couple originally chose to give the brothers one puppy to help console them after the loss of Brother Michael. But Brother Paul, a lifelong animal lover, chose two.

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Prayerful farewell to Brother Paul

Prayerful farewell to Brother Paul

| February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Funeral Mass scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Cathedral of St. Paul

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First cathedral carving, Bishop Cretin’s letter among archivist’s favorite finds

First cathedral carving, Bishop Cretin’s letter among archivist’s favorite finds

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every morning, Celeste Raspanti walks through the Cathedral of St. Paul’s “secret door.”

The brown slab of metal is not visible from the street or even the sidewalk marking the perimeter of the grand edifice.

Situated near the northeast corner of the church, it leads to the balcony of Msgr. Ambrose Hayden Hall, where decades of cathedral history are stashed in dozens of cardboard boxes that Raspanti works feverishly to sort and organize.

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