Julie Carroll

Julie is a staff writer for The Catholic Spirit and news editor for The Northern Cross. You can follow her on twitter or email her at carrollj@archspm.org.

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Fiesta Time ministry celebrates kids with special needs

Fiesta Time ministry celebrates kids with special needs

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ever since their son Taylor, 11, was born, Karen and Paul Sommers have done everything “tag-team.”

From grocery shopping to going to work to attending their daughter’s dance competitions, each takes a turn while the other stays home to care for Taylor, who has autism, and his younger brother, Nathaniel, 7.

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Forming leaders a top priority for archdiocese planning

Forming leaders a top priority for archdiocese planning

| February 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Like many Catholics, Stephen Kingsbury “graduated” from CCD as a teenager, marking the end of his formal Catholic education. Or so he thought. As an adult, Kingsbury began volunteering at his parish, Guardian Angels in Chaska. Over the years, he became more involved at the parish — heading up the Building, Grounds and Gardens Committee; […]

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Murray Institute producing high-quality educators for archdiocese

Murray Institute producing high-quality educators for archdiocese

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Sue Kerr, principal of Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Richfield, is a graduate of the Murray Institute, a collaboration between the University of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that provides advanced professional training and faith formation for teachers and educational leaders of the archdiocese.

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Got talent? Why your parish needs you

Got talent? Why your parish needs you

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

When several pastors were asked: “For which ministries at your parish are you most in need of more volunteers?” their common response was: “All of them.”

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‘We believe’ . . . what, exactly? A priest explains the creed

‘We believe’ . . . what, exactly? A priest explains the creed

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, Catholics all over the world recite the Nicene Creed at Mass. This ancient prayer serves as a summary of our Christian faith.

But how many of us actually think about the meaning of the words we recite from memory week after week?

Father Michael Byron, associate professor of theology at the St. Paul Seminary and pastor of St. Cecilia in St. Paul, offers this breakdown of the creed to help Catholics gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of their faith.

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How to live our lives

How to live our lives

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

The beatitudes have a central prominence in the Gospels. Taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel (5:3-10) and his Sermon on the Plain in Luke’s Gospel (6:20-26), the beatitudes tell us how we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God.

“Jesus does a lot of things in his earthly life,” said Father Michael Byron, theology professor at the St. Paul Seminary and pastor of St. Cecilia in St. Paul. “But there are a few times where he deliberately stops and teaches directly. This is one of those times.”

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