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.

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Catholic Services Appeal aims to raise $6.9 million to fund 20 ministries

Catholic Services Appeal aims to raise $6.9 million to fund 20 ministries

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The scene might feel familiar: A priest stands at the front of his church and asks the congregation to sit and learn about the annual Catholic Services Appeal.

People groan. Eyes roll. A baby cries.

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Bishop-elect DeGrood reflects on priesthood, preparing to lead Sioux Falls Diocese

Bishop-elect DeGrood reflects on priesthood, preparing to lead Sioux Falls Diocese

| February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

“And there was this incredible joy, incredible peace, and when I focus on the grace of the moment, that still remains,” Bishop-elect DeGrood said of praying for God’s will to be known after he was asked to become bishop of Sioux Falls. “There’s no question in my mind this is what God wants.”

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Archbishop Hebda to further investigate Crookston bishop

Archbishop Hebda to further investigate Crookston bishop

| February 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Congregation for Bishops in Rome has authorized Archbishop Bernard Hebda to further investigate claims that Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston interfered with an investigation of clerical sexual misconduct, according to a Feb. 4 statement from the archdiocese.

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What’s the Church’s relationship with Islam?

What’s the Church’s relationship with Islam?

| February 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

“‘Nostra Aetate’ is the first positive Catholic ‘theology of Islam’ at the highest level of Church authority — an ecumenical council (Vatican II). The document explicitly ‘exhorts’ all Catholics, not just experts, to engage in dialogue and cooperation with Muslims,” said Rita George-Tvrtkovic´, an associate professor of theology at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

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What do parishioners really think? Disciple Maker Index surveys the views in the pews

What do parishioners really think? Disciple Maker Index surveys the views in the pews

| January 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Disciple Maker Index survey aims to help parishes, archdiocese better know views of people in the pews

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Lonsdale pastor apologizes for ‘words that were hurtful to Muslims’

Lonsdale pastor apologizes for ‘words that were hurtful to Muslims’

| January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

“My homily on immigration contained words that were hurtful to Muslims. I’m sorry for this,” said Father Nick VanDenBroeke, pastor of Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale, in a Jan. 29 statement. “I realize now that my comments were not fully reflective of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Islam.”

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Archdiocese, county acknowledge safe environment progress and the abuse victims whose case made it happen

Archdiocese, county acknowledge safe environment progress and the abuse victims whose case made it happen

| January 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Today isn’t an end to the agreement. I see it as a beginning,” Judge Teresa Warner said. “This safe environment plan points to the changes that have been made in putting children first.”

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Ramsey County oversight is ending, but leaders say Church is ready to hold itself accountable

Ramsey County oversight is ending, but leaders say Church is ready to hold itself accountable

| January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

“We obviously have to continue our efforts,” John Choi said. “The archdiocese will be doing that now without the court order, but I believe that they’re very well poised and positioned to continue the progress.”

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UST class imagines what advertising campaign could look like for the Catholic Church

UST class imagines what advertising campaign could look like for the Catholic Church

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Professionally, my interest was, here’s a brand … that’s really got a black eye. Wouldn’t it be interesting to take it on as a marketing and communications challenge?”

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‘A very encouraging encounter’: Region’s bishops meet with Pope Francis

‘A very encouraging encounter’: Region’s bishops meet with Pope Francis

| January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It was magnificent. It was very informal,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said. “The Holy Father was very open. We could talk about anything with him. He was very forthcoming with us and very supportive, very fraternal.”

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Don’t know much about the Holy Spirit? New ‘school’ aims to change that

Don’t know much about the Holy Spirit? New ‘school’ aims to change that

| January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

“There’s a lot of Catholics who have heard about the Father and heard about Jesus but know very little about the Spirit,” Father Michael Becker said. “And many haven’t really experienced the Holy Spirit. … There needs to be a kind of an awakening to the gift. And once there is, wow. Joy floods the soul, and longing for others to experience the Holy Spirit becomes a great mode of evangelization.”

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Bishop Pates to lead Joliet, Ill., diocese temporarily during bishop’s medical leave

Bishop Pates to lead Joliet, Ill., diocese temporarily during bishop’s medical leave

| December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet announced he is taking a medical leave of absence starting Dec. 27. Retired Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, will be apostolic administrator of the diocese while Bishop Conlon is away.

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