Joe Ruff

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Bishop Cozzens elected to lead USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization, Catechesis

Bishop Cozzens elected to lead USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization, Catechesis

| November 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was elected chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis at the bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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Four parishes win new stewardship awards

Four parishes win new stewardship awards

| November 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Prayer, participation and generosity — three key aspects of stewardship — were on display Nov. 2 at the inaugural archdiocesan Pillars of Stewardship Awards.

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Parish ambassadors are key part of synod preparation

Parish ambassadors are key part of synod preparation

| November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

James O’Laughlin of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie left an Oct. 21 training session as a parish ambassador for the Archdiocesan Synod ready to share with and listen to his fellow parishioners.

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Archbishop Hebda, Ramsey County attorney share panel on restorative justice

Archbishop Hebda, Ramsey County attorney share panel on restorative justice

| October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

A justice system that too often is adversarial can be renewed with efforts to promote healing as well as justice, panelists and a keynote speaker said Oct. 25 at a law school symposium on restorative justice in Minneapolis. The day’s last panel of presenters represented such an effort — Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Tim O’Malley of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Wiersma.

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Latino ministry ramps up effort to reach youth

Latino ministry ramps up effort to reach youth

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

An evening of prayer, worship and praise, Mass, speakers and fellowship will be held Nov. 1 — All Saints Day — for Hispanic and Latino high school youth across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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MCC’s booklets provide Catholic perspective on end-of-life decisions

MCC’s booklets provide Catholic perspective on end-of-life decisions

| October 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Joe Stanislav, CEO of Our Lady of Peace hospice and home health care in St. Paul, can vouch for the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s primers on health care directives and end-of-life care.

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Cathedral parishioner writes about her family’s friendship with St. Frances Cabrini

Cathedral parishioner writes about her family’s friendship with St. Frances Cabrini

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Celeste Raspanti, a volunteer archivist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, remembers stories her mother told about their family forging a friendship at the dinner table with St. Frances Cabrini as they helped her minister to the poor in Chicago.

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Maryknoll missionary takes  faith, desire to serve to Cambodia

Maryknoll missionary takes faith, desire to serve to Cambodia

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

After teaching math to students with learning disabilities as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Oregon, from 1995 to 1996, Maryknoll lay missionary Maria Montello says she was hooked on the desire to serve others, though in some respects she held it at bay for a while.

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From Minnesota to West Africa

From Minnesota to West Africa

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Peace Corps dreams turn into mission reality for St. Paul woman

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Legacy includes grappling with clergy abuse crisis

Legacy includes grappling with clergy abuse crisis

| October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Beloved by many for his kindness, sense of ecumenism, gentleness and love for the priesthood, Archbishop Harry Flynn also grappled with vexing issues, including the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

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More than 2,000 people attend funeral Mass of retired Twin Cities’ Archbishop Harry Flynn

More than 2,000 people attend funeral Mass of retired Twin Cities’ Archbishop Harry Flynn

| September 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A funeral Mass attended by more than 2,000 people, including a dozen bishops and a U.S. cardinal, hundreds of laypeople, priests, seminarians, religious brothers and sisters, was made intimate by warm-hearted stories and heartfelt prayers for the late Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Institute for Priestly Formation puts spiritual lives of priests front and center

Institute for Priestly Formation puts spiritual lives of priests front and center

| September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

For Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens, there was a before and after in his spiritual life.

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