Joe Ruff

Joe is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail him at ruffj@archspm.org.

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Archdiocese to hold conference for clergy abuse survivors

Archdiocese to hold conference for clergy abuse survivors

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Victim/survivors and others impacted by clergy sexual abuse are invited to a Jan. 23 conference on restorative justice and healing organized by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Prayer service for peace to be held amid US-Iran tension

Prayer service for peace to be held amid US-Iran tension

| January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

A prayer service for peace in the wake of the U.S. targeted killing of an Iranian general is planned for Jan. 11 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

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Ordination, installation of Bishop-elect DeGrood to stream live online

Ordination, installation of Bishop-elect DeGrood to stream live online

| January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Modern technology will ensure that everyone can participate in the ordination and installation Mass of Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Catholic, Lutheran bishops in Minnesota issue open letter backing refugee resettlement

Catholic, Lutheran bishops in Minnesota issue open letter backing refugee resettlement

| January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the Trump administration orders state and local governments to declare whether they will authorize refugee resettlement in their area, the Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Minnesota urged support and prayers for those seeking shelter and protection.

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Young adults to share ad limina experiences in Rome through The Catholic Spirit

Young adults to share ad limina experiences in Rome through The Catholic Spirit

| January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Young adults traveling to Rome with Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will share their trip with others even as they experience it.

That’s the plan for a regular blog posting on The Catholic Spirit website as 25 men and women ages 21 to 35 accompany the bishops Jan. 9-18 for the bishops’ Jan. 13 visit with Pope Francis.

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Catholic Charities to expand housing for homeless in Minneapolis

Catholic Charities to expand housing for homeless in Minneapolis

| December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

On the heels of finishing its $100 million Dorothy Day Place renovation and expansion of homeless shelter, apartments, meals and social services in St. Paul, Catholic Charities is expanding housing for the homeless in Minneapolis.

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‘It’s so hard to say goodbye’: Bishop-elect DeGrood talks with parishioners as he prepares to lead South Dakota diocese

‘It’s so hard to say goodbye’: Bishop-elect DeGrood talks with parishioners as he prepares to lead South Dakota diocese

| December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Overcome at times with emotion, Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood began his goodbyes as pastor of St. John the Baptist in Savage Dec. 15, just three days after being appointed to lead the Diocese of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

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St. Paul parish named diocesan shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe

St. Paul parish named diocesan shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe

| December 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s first national Mexican parish, the first church in the state to offer Masses in Spanish and a place first-generation immigrants from Mexico gravitate toward is now a diocesan Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The designation for Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in St. Paul was requested by the pastor, Father Andrew Brinkman, and granted by Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

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Labouré Society pitches for vocations

Labouré Society pitches for vocations

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dec. 17 is “Give to Rescue Catholic Vocations Day.”
Eagan-based Labouré Society, dedicated to helping people pursue a vocation to the priesthood or religious life without student loan debt, is encouraging donations to the effort by declaring this special day.

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Two Visitation students part of global summit for change

Two Visitation students part of global summit for change

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Going to Rome and joining 3,500 other students for a global summit on ways to make the world a better place were just two exciting things that happened last month for sixth-grader Claire Macedo.
Then there was Pope Francis’ address to the group at the end of the Nov. 27-30 Design for Change: Children’s Global Summit.

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Ten men to be ordained permanent deacons Dec. 7 at Cathedral

Ten men to be ordained permanent deacons Dec. 7 at Cathedral

| December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Proclaiming God’s word, bringing the cares of the community to the Eucharist and the Eucharist to those in need, and serving in corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

These are critical aspects of a calling to the permanent diaconate, and 10 men to be ordained Dec. 7 have heard and answered that call, said Deacon Joseph Michalak, director of the Institute for Diaconate Formation at The St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. All of the faithful are invited to the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul to celebrate the ordination, Deacon Michalak said. 

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Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

Husband, wife recall Bishop Sirba’s ministry

| December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Matthew Kuettel was 12 when then-Father Paul Sirba was appointed pastor of his childhood parish, Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul.

It was summer 2000, and Kuettel became an altar server. Over the next six years, Father Sirba had “a remarkable impact” on Kuettel’s life, which led to Kuettel enrolling at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul to take a serious look at the priesthood.

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