Joe Ruff

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

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Steps forward in Roadmap for Excellence point to promising future

Steps forward in Roadmap for Excellence point to promising future

| August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

As students prepare for another school year, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office for the Mission of Catholic Education is placing concrete steps along what it calls a Roadmap for Excellence in Catholic Education.

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Mutual listening, Holy Spirit’s presence key to synod

Mutual listening, Holy Spirit’s presence key to synod

| August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

When people gather to pray and share with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens and other archdiocesan leaders at events that begin next month and run through March, they will be part of an unprecedented, two-year effort in the 169-year history of the archdiocese.

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Archbishop Hebda reflects on 30 years as a priest; 10 years a bishop; turning 60

Archbishop Hebda reflects on 30 years as a priest; 10 years a bishop; turning 60

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s a big year for Archbishop Bernard Hebda. He turns 60 Sept. 3. He celebrated 30 years as a priest July 1, and Dec. 1 marks 10 years as a bishop.

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Public is invited to learn and discuss alongside Minnesota bishops

Public is invited to learn and discuss alongside Minnesota bishops

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Tim Carney, commentary editor of the Washington Examiner, traveled the United States, he found areas facing marked declines in marriage, voting, church attendance and volunteer work.

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Basilica looks to future with comprehensive study of buildings, grounds

Basilica looks to future with comprehensive study of buildings, grounds

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary and The Basilica Landmark organization said Aug. 9 that a design firm will lead a study of the Basilica’s buildings and grounds in downtown Minneapolis, looking to meet the needs of the people it serves now and into the future.

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Archdiocese continues to meet Ramsey County settlement requirements

Archdiocese continues to meet Ramsey County settlement requirements

| August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Oversight is set to end early next year

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New parish planning committee driven by lay leadership

New parish planning committee driven by lay leadership

| August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

A new committee for parish planning formed by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is being driven by lay leadership and a desire to provide flexible and timely assistance to parishes.

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Survivor of clergy abuse to coordinate archdiocese’s outreach efforts

Survivor of clergy abuse to coordinate archdiocese’s outreach efforts

| August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Opportunities for healing in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse crisis — for victims/survivors, their families and parishioners — are growing in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. To help coordinate, publicize and organize those efforts, and to search for new avenues of healing, the archdiocese has created a new position — Outreach Coordinator for Restorative Justice and Abuse Prevention.Paula Kaempffer began work June 10.

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Lay Advisory Board’s second meeting highlights synod, efforts at healing

Lay Advisory Board’s second meeting highlights synod, efforts at healing

| July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dale Lieb stepped away July 17 from his second Lay Advisory Board meeting with Archbishop Bernard Hebda determined to help spread the word about prayer and listening events set to begin this fall in preparation for the 2021 archdiocesan synod.

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Archbishop encourages first class at new Institute for Catholic School Leadership

Archbishop encourages first class at new Institute for Catholic School Leadership

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Encouraging the first class of an initiative offering Catholic formation for principals and aspiring principals, Archbishop Bernard Hebda reminded the 20 participants that their work as teachers and school leaders goes beyond meeting students’ academic needs.

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Oakdale parish’s new lecture series honors late pastor

Oakdale parish’s new lecture series honors late pastor

| July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lecture series featuring speakers who proclaim the Gospel with clarity, force and joy begins next month at Transfiguration in Oakdale, in honor of the parish’s late pastor, Father William Baer.

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West St. Paul parish merges with Our Lady of Guadalupe

West St. Paul parish merges with Our Lady of Guadalupe

| July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

As part of the merger, St. Michael’s sacramental records will transfer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is less than 2 miles away.

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