Joe Ruff

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

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Family in self-isolation since June offers perspective, advice for staying at home

Family in self-isolation since June offers perspective, advice for staying at home

| April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cassandra and Mike Brashier of St. Joseph in Rosemount have been living in self-isolation since June, when they learned their 3-year-old daughter, Cecilia, had leukemia.

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Archbishop Hebda: Parish collections down 60 percent due to coronavirus pandemic

Archbishop Hebda: Parish collections down 60 percent due to coronavirus pandemic

| April 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a letter to supporters of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation, which helps fund core ministries including hospital chaplaincy, Latino ministry and Catholic education, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said parish giving is down 60 percent in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis due to disruptions caused by the new coronavirus.

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‘The only way to Easter is through the cross,’ Archbishop Hebda says

‘The only way to Easter is through the cross,’ Archbishop Hebda says

| April 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a Holy Week Retreat streamed on the internet rather than offered in person to help curb the spread of a the sometimes-deadly new coronavirus, Archbishop Bernard Hebda April 5 encouraged listeners to take this time to imitate Christ in sacrifice and love for others.

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Special task force, fund to help archdiocesan parishes, schools

Special task force, fund to help archdiocesan parishes, schools

| April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Anne Cullen Miller began taking in the breadth of the financial impact the coronavirus pandemic would have on parishes and schools, she knew the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota would need to play a big role in helping them survive.

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Lawmakers help homeless shelters in COVID-19 emergency bill

Lawmakers help homeless shelters in COVID-19 emergency bill

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Homeless shelters and food banks are among groups helping the needy who will receive assistance in a $330 million COVID-19 emergency response bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature March 26 and signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz.

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Helping the homeless, one cup at a time

Helping the homeless, one cup at a time

| March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Meet Wildflyer Coffee, employing young people in the Twin Cities who are experiencing homelessness and offering them a job and life skills training with experts in such things as time management and conflict resolution.

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Archbishop Hebda blesses city of St. Paul, prays for archdiocese at Cathedral of St. Paul

Archbishop Hebda blesses city of St. Paul, prays for archdiocese at Cathedral of St. Paul

| March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda held the Eucharist high over the City of St. Paul March 27 on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul overlooking the State Capitol, praying for the sick and suffering, those who care for them, lawmakers and others as the coronavirus hits Minnesota hard.

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Home from Rome, UST student notes similarities in response

Home from Rome, UST student notes similarities in response

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Isabel Brown, a graduate student in the University of St. Thomas’ Catholic Studies program, was flying home from Rome, a city under increasingly tight restrictions to help curb spread of the coronavirus, she had wistful hopes that things might be different back in the U.S.

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Catholic Charities: Homeless shelters ‘ground zero’ for battling spread of coronavirus

Catholic Charities: Homeless shelters ‘ground zero’ for battling spread of coronavirus

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Calling homeless shelters “ground zero” for helping Minnesota flatten the curve on coronavirus illnesses so hospitals are not overwhelmed by mounting numbers of people with COVID-19, Tim Marx of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis March 26 called on lawmakers to include shelters in emergency medical funding to battle the virus.

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Affordable housing efforts continue, COVID-19 places spotlight on need

Affordable housing efforts continue, COVID-19 places spotlight on need

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Affordable housing efforts continue

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As coronavirus challenges mount, Catholics respond  

As coronavirus challenges mount, Catholics respond  

| March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I have encountered a wide variety of pastoral situations in more than 31 years of priestly ministry,” said Father John Ubel, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. “However, this is an experience of the Lenten journey that is unlike any I have felt.”  

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Archbishop Hebda suspends public Masses to help curb coronavirus spread

Archbishop Hebda suspends public Masses to help curb coronavirus spread

| March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Faced with an ever-increasing need to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Archbishop Bernard Hebda March 18 suspended Sunday and other public celebrations of the Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

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