Maria Wiering

Maria is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can email her at wieringm@archspm.org.

rss feed

Maria Wiering's Latest Posts

Second local ’24 Hours for the Lord’ an invitation to God’s mercy

Second local ’24 Hours for the Lord’ an invitation to God’s mercy

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the sky lightened outside the Cathedral of St. Paul, a handful of people sat in a pew, waiting to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. A few others prayed near the front of the church, adoring the Eucharist in the monstrance on the altar. Adoration accompanying the round-the-clock confessions was new to the event this year.

Continue Reading

Catholics at the Capitol draws 1,000 from across Minnesota

Catholics at the Capitol draws 1,000 from across Minnesota

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ione Duff doesn’t consider herself a political person, but a decision she’s made to put her faith into action compelled her to join 1,000 other Catholics from across Minnesota for the first-ever Catholics at the Capitol in St. Paul.

Continue Reading

Bishop Conley: ‘Your state needs your faith and your witness’

Bishop Conley: ‘Your state needs your faith and your witness’

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Our faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is teeming with political implications, and we cannot live our faith in Jesus Christ as a private affair. We cannot be afraid to challenge our democracy with the truths of the Gospel. In fact, our democracy depends on that challenge,” said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Continue Reading

St. Paul artist draws Stations of the Cross with modern spin

St. Paul artist draws Stations of the Cross with modern spin

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Much of Peter Kramer’s art, while smart, has a playful veneer. Among his drawing compilations is a book dedicated to the “care and feeding of single-celled animals” that treats amoebas and bacteria as pets; another is called “Diet for a Round Palate: A Cookbook of Round Food Recipes,” an ode of sorts to globular foods including eggs, pumpkins and blueberries. A Minneapolis-based architect, Kramer, 79, also has a line of foldable furniture, cheekily called “OUCH!,” should it actually fold while in use.

Continue Reading

Three hospitals, Catholic Charities collaborate in new medical center

Three hospitals, Catholic Charities collaborate in new medical center

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Regions, United and St. Joseph hospitals are partnering with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis for a 16-bed medical respite unit at Higher Ground St. Paul, Catholic Charities’ new vision for the Dorothy Day Center, which serves the homeless.

Continue Reading

New Ulm diocese files for bankruptcy in response to clergy sex abuse claims

New Ulm diocese files for bankruptcy in response to clergy sex abuse claims

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of New Ulm filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code March 3 in response to 101 lawsuits related to clergy sexual abuse claims made against it. The lawsuits were filed during the Minnesota Child Victims Act’s three-year lifting of the statute of limitations that ended May 25, 2015.

Continue Reading

Corned beef OK on Lenten St. Patrick’s Day, Archbishop Hebda says

Corned beef OK on Lenten St. Patrick’s Day, Archbishop Hebda says

| February 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

If Catholics choose to eat corned beef — or any other meat — on St. Patricks’ Day, they must also “undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent,” wrote Susan Mulheron, chancellor for canonical affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Continue Reading

Remembering Masqueray

Remembering Masqueray

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

University of St. Thomas shines spotlight on Cathedral, Basilica architect 100 years after his death

Continue Reading

Committee addressing unresolved parish planning recommendations

Committee addressing unresolved parish planning recommendations

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Seven years after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis began implementing the mandates of a comprehensive strategic planning process, a new committee is working to reassess parts that never took effect. It plans to meet with pastors and leaders of parishes considering merging or clustering, and recommend solutions to Archbishop Bernard Hebda and his consultative councils.

Continue Reading

Undocumented immigrant hopes her experience changes hearts, policy

Undocumented immigrant hopes her experience changes hearts, policy

| February 9, 2017 | 7 Comments

Even as a young child, Morales said she knew not to share her immigration status for fear of deportation. Even within the immigrant community, many people who are undocumented do not talk about it, for fear their status will be used to manipulate them, or that someone who is angry with them could call ICE in revenge.

Continue Reading

Better storytelling helped 2016 CSA reach goal

Better storytelling helped 2016 CSA reach goal

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Services Appeal is kicking off its 2017 campaign with a new initiative seeking a broad impact: $1,000 scholarships for eligible students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The appeal will continue to support 11 of the archdiocese’s neediest Catholic elementary schools, as it has in the past, but this allows the appeal’s education dollars to touch more people and parishes, said Jennifer Beaudry, Catholic Services Appeal Foundation executive director.

Continue Reading

Catholic women give different perspectives on local Women’s March

Catholic women give different perspectives on local Women’s March

| January 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

While one local Catholic woman found the local march unifying and hopeful, her view was a stark contrast to the perception that compelled other Catholic pro-life women not to attend.

Continue Reading