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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Retreat director: Labyrinth prayer ‘a calming, healing process’

Retreat director: Labyrinth prayer ‘a calming, healing process’

| April 21, 2016 | 9 Comments

Conventual Franciscan Brother Bob Roddy, Franciscan Retreats’ director, said the graces he’s received from praying in labyrinths inspired him to commission one for the center’s retreatants.

“I’ve done it many, many times on retreats and find it just a really calming, healing kind of process,” he said. “It’s really an emptying. As you focus on just walking and whatever intention you bring in there, everything else just moves off to the side.”

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Archbishop Hebda to students: Look to Pope Francis as model for leadership

Archbishop Hebda to students: Look to Pope Francis as model for leadership

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

“As Catholics, the paradigm for leadership has to be Jesus himself,” Archbishop Hebda said. “If we’re looking for leaders to follow in the world, we need to discern those leaders who have aligned themselves with the mission of Christ, the Good Shepherd, and his Church.”

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Death Cab, Ryan Adams, The Fray to play Basilica Block Party

Death Cab, Ryan Adams, The Fray to play Basilica Block Party

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The annual Block Party has raised millions of dollars to support the building’s preservation and restoration. It is sponsored by Cities 97.

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Why every Catholic should read ‘The Joy of Love’: Q&A with Jean Stolpestad

Why every Catholic should read ‘The Joy of Love’: Q&A with Jean Stolpestad

| April 14, 2016 | 4 Comments

I think many people were looking for a completely new approach to marriage and family life. That just did not happen. Pope Francis affirms all of the doctrinal understanding of marriage and family. But he does call us to live a greater degree of mercy. That is, taking the time to see and understand another, and to really stand in solidarity with a families circumstance, and while doing so, bring into that moment the goodness, beauty and truth of Christ.

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Dozens of parishes prepare for lawsuits

Dozens of parishes prepare for lawsuits

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A number of parishes implicated in child sex abuse claims should prepare for lawsuits related to those allegations to be filed before mid-May, according to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Bankruptcy judge approves chancery sale, new archdiocesan headquarters’ lease

Bankruptcy judge approves chancery sale, new archdiocesan headquarters’ lease

| April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

A bankruptcy court judge approved April 7 both the sale of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ chancery and adjoining archbishop’s residence, and the lease for the archdiocese’s new headquarters in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

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Archbishop: Eucharist should compel Catholics to imitate Jesus, serve others

Archbishop: Eucharist should compel Catholics to imitate Jesus, serve others

| March 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

When celebrating previous Masses at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Archbishop Hebda said he had looked across the sanctuary at the empty archbishop’s chair, and wondered who would eventually take that seat. “Little did I imagine that I would be sitting there,” he said.

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Archdiocesan leaders express joy, gratitude for Archbishop Hebda’s new role

Archdiocesan leaders express joy, gratitude for Archbishop Hebda’s new role

| March 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

“It’s a great blessing; it’s like an early Easter,” Bishop Cozzens said. “It’s been such a joy to work with Archbishop Hebda so far, and to think that he gets to stay and be our shepherd is a great delight. My first words were, ‘Praise God.’”

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Newark leader: Archbishop Hebda’s unexpected post shows God is ‘a God of surprises’

Newark leader: Archbishop Hebda’s unexpected post shows God is ‘a God of surprises’

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

“While it may have been difficult for him at times to manage the travel and commitments of serving in two large archdioceses these past months, he embraced this call from the Holy See willfully and prayerfully,” Archbishop Myers said. “His tireless, positive approach to dealing with the challenges presented him will be one of the graces that he will share with the people of the Twin Cities.”

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Archbishop Hebda named archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop Hebda named archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Pittsburgh native called the archbishop appointment to St. Paul and Minneapolis a “shock,” because he never seriously entertained the idea of staying in Minnesota, he said, even though many in the archdiocese said they hoped he would.

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Brooklyn Park priest on leave after questions raised about role in alleged abuse cover-up

Brooklyn Park priest on leave after questions raised about role in alleged abuse cover-up

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The pastor of St. Gerard in Brooklyn Park was placed on a temporary leave of absence March 22 by his Franciscan superior because of unresolved questions regarding his role in supervising a Franciscan brother accused of sexually abusing minors in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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MCC: Physician-assisted suicide bill pulled, but fight isn’t over

MCC: Physician-assisted suicide bill pulled, but fight isn’t over

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

“The bill will undoubtedly come back,” said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director. “It’s important that people educate themselves about the pitfalls of the bill and the flaws of the bill that really make it a risky, dangerous and complicated proposition. Once . . . the barbiturates are prescribed, there’s no oversight as to what happens next. The bill is not about compassionate care; it’s about allowing someone to get a vial of pills and go home to die, potentially alone.”

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