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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Dad’s legacy

Dad’s legacy

| January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

How do you sum up the life of a 97-year-old man?

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Excelsior parish completes long-awaited renovation

Excelsior parish completes long-awaited renovation

| January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

St. John the Baptist in Excelsior celebrated Christmas in its newly renovated church. While the project is ongoing, the first Mass was celebrated in the renovated sanctuary Dec. 22, with the dedication of the new altar scheduled for Feb. 17.

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St. Peter in Mendota opens historic church for nostalgic evening

St. Peter in Mendota opens historic church for nostalgic evening

| January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the glow of sunset faded Jan. 3, the historic church of St. Peter in Mendota was just starting to light up.

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Home-schoolers perform C.S. Lewis’ classic Narnia tale

Home-schoolers perform C.S. Lewis’ classic Narnia tale

| December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Christmas season began in May for Karen and Tracy Sattler of All Saints in northeast Minneapolis.

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Hill-Murray School honors St. Nicholas with learning center bearing his name

Hill-Murray School honors St. Nicholas with learning center bearing his name

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Students at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood won’t be commemorating St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6 with shoe-filled candy, a Catholic tradition. Instead, they’ll be diving deeper into who St. Nicholas was as a person — in particular, his care for children — with the blessing of a new mural in the school’s Nicholas Center.

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St. Paul couple chooses to retire to poor Louisiana city to volunteer at neighborhood school

St. Paul couple chooses to retire to poor Louisiana city to volunteer at neighborhood school

| November 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Miss Joan, my daddy’s in jail. They came and picked him up this morning.”

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New school aims to educate south metro Catholics

New school aims to educate south metro Catholics

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new high school set to open in Burnsville in the fall of 2019 hopes to serve Catholic families in the south metro of the Twin Cities. Local Catholic business leader Tom Bengtson, who helped launch Chesterton Academy in 2008, and retired NFL player and former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk are teaming up to open Unity High School at Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville.

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Jack of fall trades

Jack of fall trades

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jake Voelker gets an itch every October. Ideas start filling his mind, and his imagination plays with images he can carve — on a pumpkin.

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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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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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