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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Cardinal Dolan op-ed urges passage of nationwide school choice bill

Cardinal Dolan op-ed urges passage of nationwide school choice bill

| March 10, 2017 | 2 Comments

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York urged President Donald Trump to follow through on a recent call for legislation that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth nationwide.

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Anchorage archbishop calls childhood parish his ‘spiritual home’

Anchorage archbishop calls childhood parish his ‘spiritual home’

| March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a rousing rendition of the Polish song, “Sto lat,” which translates to “100 years,” parishioners at St. Casimir in St. Paul rose to their feet and showered affection upon Archbishop Roger Schwietz, the retired archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, who returned to the parish of his upbringing to concelebrate Mass with pastor Father Michael Powell and Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

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Father Ronald Dahlheimer dies

Father Ronald Dahlheimer dies

| March 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Father Ronald Dahlheimer, a beekeeper and lover of classical music, died Feb. 26. He was 83.

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Father Schaffer put in charge of diocese in Venezuela

Father Schaffer put in charge of diocese in Venezuela

| January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Greg Schaffer’s plate just got fuller. The priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who serves as the pastor of Jesucristo Resucitado in San Felix, Venezuela, was named administrator of the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana Jan. 17.

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Catholics, Muslims share experiences at St. Joseph the Worker

Catholics, Muslims share experiences at St. Joseph the Worker

| January 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Muslim-Christian Conversation featured speakers from both the parish and the Northwest Islamic Community Center, plus a chance for participants to sit around tables and talk about their faith traditions and experiences.

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A day in the life of Catholic schools

A day in the life of Catholic schools

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, The Catholic Spirit photographer Dave Hrbacek documented a day at eight Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Jan. 18, starting in the east at St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater and ending in the west at St. Timothy School in Maple Lake.

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Sister teaches younger brother at Holy Family Academy

Sister teaches younger brother at Holy Family Academy

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fifth-graders in teacher Becca Reinhardt’s class at Holy Family Academy in St. Louis Park were asked if she shows favoritism to one particular student, Sam.

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Pro-life Action Ministries’ headquarters vandalized

Pro-life Action Ministries’ headquarters vandalized

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The St. Paul building that contains the headquarters of Pro-Life Action Ministries was vandalized sometime after 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. It was discovered the morning of Jan. 23, said Executive Director Brian Gibson. Someone painted an upside down cross on an outside wall, plus derogatory messages about unborn children and President Donald Trump. Gibson said […]

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New sidewalk counselor: ‘My heart goes out’ to women in crisis pregnancies

New sidewalk counselor: ‘My heart goes out’ to women in crisis pregnancies

| January 6, 2017 | 12 Comments

It didn’t take long for Nicky Peters to feel the drama of being a sidewalk counselor outside Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.

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A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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Stillwater family carries on Zach Sobiech’s legacy

Stillwater family carries on Zach Sobiech’s legacy

| December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Danny Valerius of Stillwater stood with his parents and two older brothers in the Mall of America rotunda as a crowd of hundreds gathered Dec. 9 for an annual fundraising event put on by KS95 radio to honor the memory of Zach Sobiech, who died of cancer in 2013 at age 18.

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Four pianos and counting fuel family’s piano-playing passion

Four pianos and counting fuel family’s piano-playing passion

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Take one step into the entryway of Teresa and Jared Taggart’s home in Blaine, and not one but two pianos can be spotted to the immediate left.

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