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 Cemeteries to offer ‘natural burial’ option starting in fall

Catholic Cemeteries to offer ‘natural burial’ option starting in fall

| May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Natural burial or “green burial” takes different variations, but aims to unite the body with the earth using little if any fossil fuel or non-biodegradable materials.

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Parishes explore healing circles’ potential for restorative justice

Parishes explore healing circles’ potential for restorative justice

| May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Speaking from a faith perspective, Geske said the connections participants make “are very much what God calls us to do for one another, and I think the Spirit is present in each circle, because people share their true heart.”

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Appeals court affirms Catholic institutions’ assets separate from archdiocese

Appeals court affirms Catholic institutions’ assets separate from archdiocese

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I hope all abuse survivors, reassured by the court’s decision, will soon be able to choose the path of settlement and closure on this aspect of their quest for justice and healing,” said Thomas Abood, chairman of the archdiocese’s Reorganization Task Force.

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Archbishop Hebda to students: The Church wants to listen to you

Archbishop Hebda to students: The Church wants to listen to you

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The sense is, just as a leader has to be willing to listen, that all of us have to be willing to also engage in that process of conversation,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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Anselm House helping University of Minnesota’s Christians live integrated lives

Anselm House helping University of Minnesota’s Christians live integrated lives

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

“We think the most important thing about the world is that it’s creation,” said Bryan Bademan, Anselm House executive director. “To try to understand the world apart from God is to misunderstand the world at some fundamental level.”

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At 25, CCF transforming from ‘money manager’ to its own philanthropic force for good

At 25, CCF transforming from ‘money manager’ to its own philanthropic force for good

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Now the nation’s largest Catholic community foundation, CCF works to build “a vibrant Catholic community” through their donors’ charity and its own grant-making to Catholic and non-Catholic causes.

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Online Catholic women’s ministry has strong local ties

Online Catholic women’s ministry has strong local ties

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

‘Blessed is she who believes’

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Salvadoran priest assassinated during Holy Week

Salvadoran priest assassinated during Holy Week

| March 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Authorities said Father Walter Vasquez Jimenez was traveling with parishioners March 29 to officiate a Holy Thursday Mass in San Miguel when their car was stopped by an armed group wearing masks. The other passengers were set free after their belongings were taken, but Father Vasquez was abducted, shot and left to die.

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Scientists, farmers, theologians reflect on agriculture as ‘noble vocation’

Scientists, farmers, theologians reflect on agriculture as ‘noble vocation’

| March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The Church has a voice in these conversations because you’re dealing with human beings: their response to God, their care for creation [as] God’s gift,” said James Ennis, Catholic Rural Life executive director.

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Crosiers’ $25 million abuse settlement approved

Crosiers’ $25 million abuse settlement approved

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Despite commentary from others last week, the archdiocese never sought to block the Crosiers’ plan of reorganization or its settlement with victims/survivors, and doing so would not have benefited the Archdiocese in any way,” said Thomas Abood, chair of the archdiocese’s Reorganization Task Force, in a March 22 statement.

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Archdiocese: Crosier plan objection aims to secure compensation for abuse claimants

Archdiocese: Crosier plan objection aims to secure compensation for abuse claimants

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The archdiocese filed its objection in the related Crosier matter to ensure the preservation of insurance rights for the benefit of the victim creditors in its case,” Thomas Abood said. “The archdiocese fully expects that its filing, as well as the similar filing by the Crosiers in the Archdiocese case, will be resolved in a way that does not delay confirmation of a plan in either case.”

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Archbishop Ireland remembered 100 years after his death

Archbishop Ireland remembered 100 years after his death

| March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

‘The Consecrated Blizzard of the Northwest’

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