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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365 days: Archbishop Hebda reflects on first year since installation

365 days: Archbishop Hebda reflects on first year since installation

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

May 13 marked the one year anniversary of Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s installation as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He sat down with The Catholic Spirit to reflect on the past year and to share his goals and vision for the future.

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Parish, school leaders affirm deportation fears affecting families

Parish, school leaders affirm deportation fears affecting families

| May 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

“The children are not immune to what Washington says or what the president says; quite the contrary. They are very much affected by it,” said Brad Capouch, Incarnation’s administrator. “Kids who go to school are concerned about leaving their parents and not knowing if their parents are going to be there when they come home.”

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Crookston bishop denies coercing clergy sex abuse victim from reporting allegation, diocese investigating

Crookston bishop denies coercing clergy sex abuse victim from reporting allegation, diocese investigating

| May 11, 2017 | 4 Comments

The bishop of the Diocese of Crookston “categorically denies that he in any way forced, coerced or encouraged” a candidate for the permanent diaconate not to report his claim of sexual abuse against a priest of the diocese, the Diocese of Crookston stated May 9 in response to a lawsuit filed that day against the bishop and the diocese.

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Catholic Charities urging Legislature to ‘do its part’ in funding new Dorothy Day Place

Catholic Charities urging Legislature to ‘do its part’ in funding new Dorothy Day Place

| May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis has hit its private fundraising goal for the new Dorothy Day Place in downtown St. Paul, but it needs the State Legislature to allocate public funding to complete the $100 million project.

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Archdiocese shares child protection experience with law enforcement, child advocates

Archdiocese shares child protection experience with law enforcement, child advocates

| May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has taken strides to protect children in its care from abuse, but there’s still more work to do, its director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment said at a conference on protecting children April 25.

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Behold retreat focuses on young women’s engagement in homes, parishes and public square

Behold retreat focuses on young women’s engagement in homes, parishes and public square

| May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The purpose of the Behold retreat was to bring young women together for a day of beauty, prayer, leadership training and networking which would encourage them to be confident and bold while offering their unique gifts to the world, especially within their own parish,” said Susanna Bolle, 26, a parishioner of St. Mark in St. Paul.

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Oakdale parish helping refugee family make Minnesota home

Oakdale parish helping refugee family make Minnesota home

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

“One thing that this parish has a long history of is understanding that relationship is really at the heart of justice,” Bernet said. “Really the only time we make impacts and change in the world is when people change first, and the only way we really do that is by getting to know people.”

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Douthat, West conversation proves civil conversation possible across political divide

Douthat, West conversation proves civil conversation possible across political divide

| April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The response reflected a real hunger for some model, some sample, some images of people who disagree with each other talking to each other at a level that is both polite, engaged and respectful, but one that is also deeper than the sound-bite kind of arguing that you get on television, on the web and in the blogs,” said UST law professor Elizabeth Schiltz, who moderated the conversation.

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St. Thomas More is the archdiocese’s first immigrant sanctuary parish

St. Thomas More is the archdiocese’s first immigrant sanctuary parish

| April 4, 2017 | 21 Comments

According to a March 27 statement, the parish is especially interested in helping immigrants in cases that “would separate parents from their children or would separate people brought to the United States as children from the only homes they have ever truly known.”

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Clergy sexual abuse survivors group aims to empower through knowledge

Clergy sexual abuse survivors group aims to empower through knowledge

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Education about sexual abuse and its effects, coping strategies and letting go of feelings of shame is the focus of a six-week, confidential group launching in the Twin Cities to support victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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Archbishop Hebda: Goal is ‘fair compensation as soon as possible’ for victims

Archbishop Hebda: Goal is ‘fair compensation as soon as possible’ for victims

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a March 26 letter and video statement to local Catholics, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is hoping to soon resolve its Chapter 11 Reorganization and provide fair compensation for victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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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.

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