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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Final Tommie-Johnnie football clash set for Nov. 7

Final Tommie-Johnnie football clash set for Nov. 7

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

A classic college football rivalry is coming to an end this fall. The final game between the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University will be played Nov. 7 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

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Priest remembered as giving ‘110 percent’

Priest remembered as giving ‘110 percent’

| February 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Betty Schneider was hired in 1985 by Father Roger Carroll to work as a bookkeeper and administrator at St. Columba in St. Paul. That was the beginning of a friendship that lasted 35 years, until the priest’s death in Minneapolis Jan. 30 at the age of 92.

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Catholics mobilize to pack millions of meals for hungry kids

Catholics mobilize to pack millions of meals for hungry kids

| January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

A dream for feeding the hungry was about to die in December 2015. But, on the day before Christmas that year, a surprise gift came that has led to the packing of almost 6 million meals in the northwest Twin Cities area for starving children around the world.

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Affirmation key in victim-survivor’s healing

Affirmation key in victim-survivor’s healing

| January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Michael Callaghan’s healing from clergy sexual abuse took a big step forward after he saw the movie “Spotlight” in 2015.

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Clergy abuse victim keeps her faith, finds healing in the Church

Clergy abuse victim keeps her faith, finds healing in the Church

| January 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gina Barthel went to a priest while in New York to find healing from childhood sexual abuse.

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‘Miracle’ events cause pregnant woman to reject abortion and give birth to twins

‘Miracle’ events cause pregnant woman to reject abortion and give birth to twins

| January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Alonna Mertz prayed in front of abortion clinics as a teenager in Michigan, driven by her well-formed, pro-life conviction.

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Father Fitzpatrick remembered as ‘kind and gentle’ pastor

Father Fitzpatrick remembered as ‘kind and gentle’ pastor

| January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Jane Mohr of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park first met Father John Fitzpatrick in the late 1970s, she was studying nursing and working on a college degree.

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Nativity scene makes appearance at State Capitol

Nativity scene makes appearance at State Capitol

| December 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A small group of carolers joined their voices to sing the Christmas classic “Silent Night” Dec. 19 in St. Paul.

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Father Svobodny remembered for prayerfulness

Father Svobodny remembered for prayerfulness

| December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Al Svobodny of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the oldest priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, died Dec. 4. He was 96.

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Epiphany parishioner brings faith, fun to his role as Santa

Epiphany parishioner brings faith, fun to his role as Santa

| December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bob Mathewson got a celebrity’s welcome at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School the morning of Dec. 4.

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Immigrants featured in new Cathedral exhibit

Immigrants featured in new Cathedral exhibit

| November 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Father John Ubel was 11 years old, his parish, Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul, welcomed a refugee family displaced by the Vietnam War.

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Casper family continues legacy in offering annual free Thanksgiving dinner

Casper family continues legacy in offering annual free Thanksgiving dinner

| November 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

The late Bob and Dorothy Casper couldn’t forget what they saw while delivering food for Meals on Wheels in the early 1980s, their now adult children said.

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