Jessica Trygstad

Jessica is the assistant editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail her at trygstadj@archspm.org.

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Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation fosters fraternity and support

Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation fosters fraternity and support

| June 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

Just as medical doctors don’t stop honing their practice once they exit the hospital doors of their residency, priests don’t stop their formation upon ordination.

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Former Lutheran finds answer to life’s ‘So what?’ in Catholicism

Former Lutheran finds answer to life’s ‘So what?’ in Catholicism

| May 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

He grew up Lutheran in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, not involved in church life, but watching its televised service every Sunday. Then, a car accident left his mother, Janette, in a coma for two weeks followed by extensive rehabilitation, so she could relearn how to walk and talk. It was an adjustment for the family, Father Quail said.

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Formation in Rome a rich experience for Father Wratkowski

Formation in Rome a rich experience for Father Wratkowski

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Wratkowski appreciates what his classmates have taught him — to rejoice in the diversity of gifts in the Church. He described that diversity in his fellow seminarians in Rome — one man used to be a tap dancer on Broadway and another a rocket scientist in the Air Force.

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Former orphan shows gratitude through service

Former orphan shows gratitude through service

| May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Carlos McMerty-Brummer’s memories of his native Honduras are vivid. He remembers the five houses that made up the orphanage he entered as a baby in 1998 and the presence of two American missionaries who would alter the course of his life.

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Teen turns Fatima devotion into three children’s books

Teen turns Fatima devotion into three children’s books

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

The books are geared toward children ages 2 to 10. Franz said when she attends daily Mass at Holy Family, she sees children reading her books, and the book about Lucia is her 3-year-old cousin’s bedtime story of choice.

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New president wants more intergenerational connections in ACCW

New president wants more intergenerational connections in ACCW

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Keller, 58, will take the helm as ACCW president at the organization’s 85th annual convention at St. Odilia in Shoreview April 21-22.

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Teacher-pilgrims from Our Lady of Grace bring home the Holy Land

Teacher-pilgrims from Our Lady of Grace bring home the Holy Land

| April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Teacher-pilgrims from Our Lady of Grace in Edina to enhance school’s Holy Week experience

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Steve Houge retires from archdiocese after 44 years

Steve Houge retires from archdiocese after 44 years

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Steve Houge had a good gig as a twenty-something working in the print shop at St. Thomas College in St. Paul in the early 1970s. Despite having a Catholic employer, he had never heard of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Catholic marriage vs. secular culture

Catholic marriage vs. secular culture

| March 21, 2017 | 16 Comments

How Pope Francis’ ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is shaping the work of the local Church

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Purvis: Christ equips Catholics to ‘have no fear’ at Capitol

Purvis: Christ equips Catholics to ‘have no fear’ at Capitol

| March 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Gloria Purvis rallied a conference room full of Catholics after they received their marching orders for the day from Minnesota’s bishops and Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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Author explores meaning of Irish heritage in new book

Author explores meaning of Irish heritage in new book

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are the “Irish” who emerge once a year to embrace St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and then there are the Irish who can trace their lineage to the Emerald Isle. James Rogers is one of the latter. Regrettably, though, he’s one generation shy of claiming Irish citizenship.

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Financial adviser: Don’t wait to put a plan in place

Financial adviser: Don’t wait to put a plan in place

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

John Tetzloff has served many people in his 20 years at St. Paul-based Catholic United Financial. As an advanced case specialist and trainer, he meets with about 100 families every year about estate planning and charitable giving. But one particular couple stands out in his mind.

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