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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Just for kicks: Girl enjoys playing on Bethlehem Academy football squad

Just for kicks: Girl enjoys playing on Bethlehem Academy football squad

| November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Lexi Temple, a junior at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault enjoys her role as kicker for the boys’ varsity football team.

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Lawyer notes important parts in religious liberty debate

Lawyer notes important parts in religious liberty debate

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Catholics and Christians who hold traditional, biblical views are under intense pressure to conform to the “orthodoxy” of the culture, said one of the featured speakers at the Minnesota Religious Freedom Forum at the St. Paul RiverCentre Oct. 24.

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She shoots, she scores!

She shoots, she scores!

| November 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Catholic author’s new book, ‘The Catechism of Hockey,’ draws parallels between faith, sport

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Bishop-elect Cozzens has ‘whirlwind’ week following appointment

Bishop-elect Cozzens has ‘whirlwind’ week following appointment

| October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

“One steps into any kind of leadership, especially in the Church, with a certain amount of fear and trepidation, kind of the holy fear of what is needed when one takes on the burden of authority,” Bishop-elect Cozzens said a week after his appointment was announced. “And so, that certainly has been a big part of this transition, the holy fear that I have because I desire always to be a person of integrity and to lead with integrity.”

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Abort my child? No way, says bishop-elect’s mom

Abort my child? No way, says bishop-elect’s mom

| October 23, 2013 | 5 Comments

Freak becomes a bishop.

That’s the quick and easy storyline describing the path Father Andrew Cozzens took to becoming the next auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

But, here’s the strange part — the person who called him this name was a doctor. And, he pinned this label on Father Cozzens, called Drew throughout his childhood, without even seeing him.

In fact, Father Cozzens was still in his mother’s womb.

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A crown for Mary

A crown for Mary

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homecoming queen gives sixth-grader’s grieving mother a final gift

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New center helps Wright County women choose life

New center helps Wright County women choose life

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two years ago, parishioners of St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael banded together to create a pro-life center so that local women in unplanned pregnancies could choose life.

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Lawyer: Court cases could impact businesses, parishes

Lawyer: Court cases could impact businesses, parishes

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Attorney Jordan Lorence, a native Minnesotan who has been in the trenches of the war for religious liberty, will give a talk at the Minnesota Religious Freedom Forum Oct. 24.

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Delano students learn Spanish via BSM video series

Delano students learn Spanish via BSM video series

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Students at St. Peter’s School in Delano learn Spanish from videos produced from Spanish students at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park.

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Putting their faith on the line

Putting their faith on the line

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

For these five starting linemen of the Delano High School football team, the center of their lives is not football. What binds them together is faith — specifically, their Catholic faith.

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Making the right choice

Making the right choice

| September 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

Pregnant and just weeks into her senior year at Prior Lake High School, Natalia Shupe faced a choice. She chose to bring the gift of life to an adoptive family.

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Renting days are numbered for Ave Maria Academy

Renting days are numbered for Ave Maria Academy

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ave Maria Academy in Maple Grove is breaking ground for a new 40,000-square-foot school building, set for completion the last week of June 2014. The goal is for enrollment to grow from the current 175 students to 300 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

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