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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UST’s new Center for Faith aims to be ‘spiritual heart of campus’

UST’s new Center for Faith aims to be ‘spiritual heart of campus’

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

In November, the university unveiled its plans to expand the red-brick chapel and add a new faith center. Rather than add a substantial addition above ground, the design leverages the chapel’s position on a hill and adds space to the north and west, mostly below the current ground level.

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Wehmeyer survivor finds healing through faith

Wehmeyer survivor finds healing through faith

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ben Hoffman was on a retreat in 2015 when a priest called him over. Hoffman expected small talk or a retreat-focused check-in, but instead, the priest said, “I’m sorry.”

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St. Mark school in St. Paul restructuring; closing K-8, but preschool to remain open

St. Mark school in St. Paul restructuring; closing K-8, but preschool to remain open

| April 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

St. Mark’s Catholic School in St. Paul is reorganizing due to a sharp decline in kindergarten-to-grade-eight enrollment and rising costs, its leaders announced April 26.

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MCC document: For Catholics, there’s no divide between human, environment issues

MCC document: For Catholics, there’s no divide between human, environment issues

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, said the document, “Minnesota, Our Common Home,”  challenges the false dichotomy between “life issues” and “social justice issues” when it comes to public policy and personal decision-making, and he expects to compel every Catholic to reconsider his or her policy stances and lifestyle choices.

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Catholic physicist asserts harmony between faith, science

Catholic physicist asserts harmony between faith, science

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a speech titled “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith,” Stephen Barr described what he called the harmony between Christian theology and the findings of physics and cosmology on a variety of topics, including the universe’s created status and its temporal beginning in time.

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All are invited to the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday

All are invited to the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Chrism Mass will take place 10 a.m. Holy Thursday, April 18 at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The annual Mass had been rescheduled from Thursday April 11 due to a late-season snowstorm.

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School choice advocates drive home arguments

School choice advocates drive home arguments

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

“The Opportunity Scholarship will break down financial barriers for low- and middle-income families, allowing them to select the best schools based on the needs of their sons and daughters,” Gazelka said.

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Carver priest found not fit to return to ministry by archdiocese’s review board

Carver priest found not fit to return to ministry by archdiocese’s review board

| March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The 12-member board considered the results of the criminal investigation and internal process before making its recommendation, the statement said.

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UST students destroy Virgin Mary statue; leaders say act ‘deeply hurt’ community

UST students destroy Virgin Mary statue; leaders say act ‘deeply hurt’ community

| March 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

“The destroying of a holy object of any religion is a grave act of disrespect and is completely inconsistent with St. Thomas’ values and convictions,” university leaders said.

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Priests gather to listen, reflect on abuse scandals

Priests gather to listen, reflect on abuse scandals

| March 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father DeGrood and Father Johnson emphasized that each survivor’s story and path of healing is unique, and that’s also true for priests and laypeople affected by the crisis.

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Seminary’s 15th rector installed Feb. 11

Seminary’s 15th rector installed Feb. 11

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Father Joseph Taphorn officially became rector of The St. Paul Seminary Jan. 1, he was somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Israel and Jordan for a monthlong visit to the Holy Land. The 14 SPS seminarians with whom he was traveling had toasted him in the airport before their plane left New York.

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The future of Catholic education

The future of Catholic education

| January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

To face the challenges in Catholic education, local leaders have created a ‘roadmap’ to guide the path forward

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