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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Cathedral, Basilica to host 24 hours of confessions March 4-5

Cathedral, Basilica to host 24 hours of confessions March 4-5

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

In response to Pope Francis’ call for each diocese in the world to host confessions for 24 hours beginning March 4, the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul and the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis are making the sacrament of reconciliation available around-the-clock from noon March 4 to noon March 5.

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Archbishop Nienstedt assisting at Michigan parish

Archbishop Nienstedt assisting at Michigan parish

| January 13, 2016 | 11 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt is assisting in a parish in Battle Creek, Michigan, the parish announced in its Jan. 10 bulletin. The archbishop emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop Nienstedt will be helping with various ministries at St. Philip Catholic Church for about six months, according to its pastor, Father John Fleckenstein, who wrote in the bulletin that he needs assistance at the parish for health reasons and to allow him to complete projects in his role as episcopal vicar for education for the Archdiocese of Kalamazoo.

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Hayden sale approved, chancery sale seeks court approval

Hayden sale approved, chancery sale seeks court approval

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

A U.S. bankruptcy court judge approved the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ sale of one building and the archdiocese filed for its approval of another Jan. 7. Both buildings are home to the archdiocese’s central corporation offices.

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The apostle of ‘the apostle of common sense’

The apostle of ‘the apostle of common sense’

| January 6, 2016 | 4 Comments

George Preca of Malta. The rosary’s luminous mysteries. The Lord’s Prayer, the Greek word for “debt,” and the interchange of “justice” and “righteousness.” Standing before 18 high school sophomores in early December, Dale Ahlquist tied each topic into a 45-minute lecture on Christ’s Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes.

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Archdiocese, county attorney settle civil abuse case with child-protection action plan

Archdiocese, county attorney settle civil abuse case with child-protection action plan

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

“If there were any doubts about the archdiocese’s pledge to keeping kids safe, the provisions announced today, going beyond what the law would require, should help put those doubts to rest,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said at a news conference.

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Archdiocese, Ramsey County reach settlement on civil petition

Archdiocese, Ramsey County reach settlement on civil petition

| December 18, 2015 | 3 Comments

In an agreement that attorneys for both parties said went beyond the requirements of the law, the archdiocese has agreed to create an “organizational culture” that protects children in an effort to make sure no child is hurt again.

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Listening Sessions: Diversity tops strengths, trust a big challenge

Listening Sessions: Diversity tops strengths, trust a big challenge

| December 15, 2015 | 5 Comments

At archbishop’s request, more than 2,000 Catholics shared views on local Church

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St. Rita sends delegation to Peru for martyrs’ beatification

St. Rita sends delegation to Peru for martyrs’ beatification

| December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 1991, a guerrilla group killed missionary priests Friar Miguel Tomaszek and Friar Zbigniew Strzalkowski, both Conventual Franciscans, and Father Alessandro Dordi, who were serving the Diocese of Chimbote, Peru. A fledgling Catholic community in Chimbote took the name Los Santos Martires — the Holy Martyrs — in their honor, and later developed a relationship with St. Rita’s parish.

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Sunday marks holy door opening, rare papal blessing at Cathedral

Sunday marks holy door opening, rare papal blessing at Cathedral

| December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

For the first time in Church history, cathedrals around the world will open, on the same day, holy doors to usher in a holy year, and the Cathedral of St. Paul is no exception.

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Archbishop Hebda: Year of Mercy should promote existing avenues of mercy

Archbishop Hebda: Year of Mercy should promote existing avenues of mercy

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

A day before the Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, Archbishop Bernard Hebda encouraged priests of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to follow Pope Francis’ directives not to begin new programs for the Holy Year, but rather to guide the faithful to existing “avenues of mercy.”

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects local priest’s appeal

U.S. Supreme Court rejects local priest’s appeal

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Dec. 7 an appeal of a sexual misconduct conviction of Father Christopher Wenthe, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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‘Acts of Mercy’ series features art of Ade Bethune

‘Acts of Mercy’ series features art of Ade Bethune

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The logo of The Catholic Spirit’s Year of Mercy series depicts two people: One is reaching down to cloak the other’s shoulders, who is gazing back at the giver. It was chosen because of the way it shows “encounter,” a dominant theme of Pope Francis’ papacy, and a focal point for the Year of Mercy. When the pope speaks of building a “culture of encounter,” he is urging people to love God and others, and to engage and accompany other people, especially those on society’s edges.

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