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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St. Mark’s School designated a 2016 Minnesota School of Character

St. Mark’s School designated a 2016 Minnesota School of Character

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. Mark’s School was named the 2016 School of Character May 26 by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, a North Mankato-based nonprofit.

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Archdiocese names interim evangelization office director

Archdiocese names interim evangelization office director

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

A parishioner of St. Peter in Mendota, Crocker is a longtime volunteer with the archdiocese and was the chairwoman for the 2014 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration. She has also worked as an outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

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Bankruptcy judge: Accusations that archdiocese hiding assets false

Bankruptcy judge: Accusations that archdiocese hiding assets false

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Accusations that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is trying to shield assets or mislead the court in its plan for Reorganization are “not at all helpful” and “not true,” a U.S. bankruptcy court judge said during a June 2 hearing.

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Father Haverstock’s vocation inspired by priest’s surprise words on his confirmation day

Father Haverstock’s vocation inspired by priest’s surprise words on his confirmation day

| June 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

“You’re going to be a priest.” Those words came suddenly from the mouth of a priest standing before Paul Haverstock, right before smearing his forehead with chrism oil to confirm the young convert, then a senior at the University of Kansas.

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Mother’s cancer battle sparks conversion for Father Neil Bakker

Mother’s cancer battle sparks conversion for Father Neil Bakker

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Neil Bakker, 37, wasn’t raised Catholic, but when he felt a tug toward faith during his mother’s battle with breast cancer, he found himself in the back pews of the Cathedral of St. Paul during Sunday Masses.

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MCC: Surrogacy commission, drug sentencing reform among legislative wins

MCC: Surrogacy commission, drug sentencing reform among legislative wins

| May 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

Bipartisan cooperation led to the passage of several pieces of MCC-backed legislation, including one establishing a surrogacy commission, which the MCC listed as a top priority at the beginning of the session.

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In Reorganization plan, archdiocese offers $65 million for abuse victim remuneration

In Reorganization plan, archdiocese offers $65 million for abuse victim remuneration

| May 26, 2016 | 4 Comments

“We welcome the scrutiny of the court and all others involved,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said of the plan at a May 24 press conference. “We believe it will show our commitment to a fair, just and timely resolution of all the claims made against us, especially for those who have been hurt by people in the Church.”

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Archbishop: ArchSPM not shielding assets, accusations signal work needed to gain trust

Archbishop: ArchSPM not shielding assets, accusations signal work needed to gain trust

| May 25, 2016 | 6 Comments

“Let me be extremely clear: The archdiocese has disclosed all of its assets and followed all of the rules set forth by the court and all directives from the judge,” Archbishop Hebda said during a press conference on the lawn of his residence May 24.

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Young at heart: Archbishop Hebda at home among youth, college students

Young at heart: Archbishop Hebda at home among youth, college students

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Archbishop Bernard Hebda — then Father Hebda — was asked by his bishop in 1996 to move to Rome to work on the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, he didn’t want to go. Despite a degree in canon law and experience living in Rome while studying at the Pontifical North American College, the priest was happy where he was: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, an hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh.

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Law background gives confidence legal system brings truth

Law background gives confidence legal system brings truth

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before he joined seminary, Archbishop Bernard Hebda spent a year working at the largest law firm in Pittsburgh, Reed Smith.

“I loved it,” he said — a fact that surprised him, since even in law school he hadn’t imagined working as a lawyer, although he was intrigued by the subject matter.

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Father Joncas’ Magnificat commissioned for installation

Father Joncas’ Magnificat commissioned for installation

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father J. Michael Joncas, a priest of the archdiocese and the artist in residence at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, began the “Magnificat” score on Easter Monday and finished it two days.

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Former Catholic Spirit associate publisher retires

Former Catholic Spirit associate publisher retires

| May 12, 2016 | 4 Comments

Bob Zyskowski retires after four decades in Catholic journalism

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