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 schools refuse to cower to bullies

Catholic schools refuse to cower to bullies

| November 3, 2010 | 7 Comments

The horrors of bullying came alive for Jodee Blanco in the 1970s, when she became a victim in the fifth grade. It turned nasty two years later, when a group of students became her tormentors.

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Ongoing formation a new emphasis for lay parish leaders

Ongoing formation a new emphasis for lay parish leaders

| October 16, 2010

Carol Shukle of Our Lady of the Lake in Mound wondered why she was asked to serve on the Strategic Planning Task Force in 2009.

“I’m not a religious [sister], I don’t work for the archdiocese,” said Shukle, 58.

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A day for Our Lady

A day for Our Lady

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Second-grader Vincent Vu of St. Agnes School in St. Paul fingers a bead on his rosary as he follows along with his classmates.

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Mission’s pastor and youth renew relationships with Minnesota friends

Mission’s pastor and youth renew relationships with Minnesota friends

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

Eight teens and young adults dressed in bright colors walked through a store in St. Paul recently, looking carefully for clothing and other items.

The prices were dirt cheap, matching their economic status — dirt poor. Yet, that reality didn’t wipe away their beautiful smiles as they found treasures to take back home.

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Play offers inside view of U.S. abortion legalization

Play offers inside view of U.S. abortion legalization

| October 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Bob Hindel of St. Andrew in St. Paul grew up surrounded by family members who supported abortion.

“Everyone was pro-choice except me,” he said.

Hindel’s passionate pro-life stance continues today, and he recently has found a stage to express his views — literally.

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Eight men celebrate their ordination to the diaconate

Eight men celebrate their ordination to the diaconate

| September 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Deacon ordination candidates James Bauhs, Kevin Downie, Lawrence Lawinger, Joseph Michalak, Thomas Michaud, Michael Nevin, Ron Smisek and John Vomastek listen to Archbishop John Nienstedt during the deacon ordination Mass Sept. 25 at the Cathedral of St. Paul. They are the last class to be ordained until 2015, as the program undergoes changes.

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Singing the praises of new space

Singing the praises of new space

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Teacher Terry Voss leads his students in song in the new choral music classroom at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. It is part of the new addition and renovation that was recently completed and dedicated by Archbishop John Nienstedt on Sept. 10.

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New digs

New digs

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

University of St. Thomas senior John Busch looked like a kid in a candy store recently when he entered a huge weight room on the St. Paul campus that is part of the new $52 million Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. The complex opened Sept. 1 for use by students, staff and athletes. It also […]

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Celebrating marriage

Celebrating marriage

| June 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Son Nguyen and his wife, Bich Thuy Trieu of St. Adalbert in St. Paul prepare to renew their wedding vows during the Archdiocesan Marriage Day Mass at the Cathedral June 26. Many couples came to celebrate their marriages and anniversaries, including Arthur and LaVerne Laliberte of Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale.

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Kids’ program fail proof, director says

Kids’ program fail proof, director says

| June 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

A sea of color lit up Holy Family church in St. Louis Park June 25, as more than 300 children and adults wearing bright tie-dyed shirts gathered around the altar for eucharistic adoration. The assembly was the culmination of the par­ish’s five-day Catholic vacation Bible school that featured the standard games, crafts and music, but […]

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Singing to Jesus — literally

Singing to Jesus — literally

| June 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

250-kid summer program includes adoration

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