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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Catholic education supporter to receive first Aim Higher Foundation award

Catholic education supporter to receive first Aim Higher Foundation award

| September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Local philanthropist Karen Rauenhorst channels her lifelong passion for Catholic schools into helping children have the same educational opportunities she did.

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Catholic couple truck food and faith around the metro

Catholic couple truck food and faith around the metro

| August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

On a warm, cloudy evening at Lowell Park in Stillwater Aug. 14, the smell of frying batter hung heavy in the air as Kelly Leahy stood over a vat of oil inside his food trailer.

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North Minneapolis family suffers trauma, finds hope and help from St. Bridget parish community

North Minneapolis family suffers trauma, finds hope and help from St. Bridget parish community

| August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mommy, Kayden’s dead!”

These words horrified Nicolle Peltier the morning of June 11. They came over the phone, in a call alerting her that an SUV fleeing police had slammed into three of her seven children playing at a north Minneapolis park with her husband, Kyle.

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New seminary rector brings ‘very unique gifts’

New seminary rector brings ‘very unique gifts’

| July 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Taphorn will be building on two decades of rich priestly experience when he assumes the role of rector of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in January.

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Couple chooses to wed during Sunday liturgy at Transfiguration parish

Couple chooses to wed during Sunday liturgy at Transfiguration parish

| July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Gretchen Berkebile was just days away from her scheduled wedding July 14 at Transfiguration in Oakdale, and her joy was evident as she talked about the details of a ceremony that was to take place during the parish’s regularly scheduled 5 p.m. Saturday Mass — an usual move, but one the Church allows.

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Father Taphorn named new rector of St. Paul Seminary

Father Taphorn named new rector of St. Paul Seminary

| July 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I am grateful to Archbishop Hebda and the seminary Board of Trustees for the opportunity to work with men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood and forming those who God is calling to ordination,” Father Joseph Taphorn said in a July 16 statement.

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Stillwater bookstore fights to keep doors open

Stillwater bookstore fights to keep doors open

| July 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

An ancient book on a wooden pedestal in a downtown Stillwater shop stands as a testament to the value of a “brick and mortar” bookselling business.

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Msgr. Moudry’s ministry focused on pascal mystery

Msgr. Moudry’s ministry focused on pascal mystery

| June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

“He believed that, because of our faith in the paschal mystery, for the Christian, the final surrender of death would be a familiar and joyous sacrifice. I’m sure it was for him.”

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Brother remembers Father Roach for love of sports, family farm

Brother remembers Father Roach for love of sports, family farm

| June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jerry was always drawn to his brother’s positive attitude and willingness to help anyone in need.

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Father Ly anticipates ministering to Hmong community as priest

Father Ly anticipates ministering to Hmong community as priest

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The seeds of Father Peter Toulee Ly’s priestly vocation were sown while he was attending the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. During his college days, he was asked several times to work with the youth group at the church of his upbringing, St. Vincent de Paul in St. Paul.

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Priest remembered for addiction ministry

Priest remembered for addiction ministry

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Martin Fleming was known for his wit. His longtime secretary, Patricia Basel, said Father Fleming had a way of lightening the mood at just the right time. As a retired Army colonel, he never was one to back away from tension. Yet, he had a way of disarming the most intense conflicts with a funny line, she said.

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Finding faith and lasting community

Finding faith and lasting community

| May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Carissa Quintanilla was feeling like a number while attending a public high school during her freshman year.

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