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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Minnesota Historical Society to buy Hayden Center

Minnesota Historical Society to buy Hayden Center

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis plans to sell the Monsignor Hayden Center, one of its chancery properties, to the Minnesota Historical Society for $4.5 million, officials announced Nov. 3.

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‘Catacombs’ in White Bear Lake an encounter with the saints

‘Catacombs’ in White Bear Lake an encounter with the saints

| October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the help of high school students, a faith formation teacher annually transforms one of the gathering spaces at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake into a labyrinth where explorers encounter Catholic saints.

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Retired hospice doctor:  ‘It’s not unhealthy to think about death’

Retired hospice doctor: ‘It’s not unhealthy to think about death’

| October 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

“It was there that I learned about the dying patient,” Thalhuber said of Our Lady of Good Counsel. “What they taught me about my own mortality is to trust and be grateful. And trust trumps all. When patients trusted, and were grateful for what they had accomplished and who they were, and knew who they were, it was a very powerful experience.”

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Catholic Charities breaks ground on new Dorothy Day

Catholic Charities breaks ground on new Dorothy Day

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Hundreds of business and community leaders including Gov. Mark Dayton and St. Paul Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann joined Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer Tim Marx Oct. 8 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Catholic Charities’ new Dorothy Day Center, Higher Ground St. Paul. During a 45-minute program in a white tent adjacent to the construction site, Marx […]

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Pilgrims share small sufferings, great joy during World Meeting, pope’s visit

Pilgrims share small sufferings, great joy during World Meeting, pope’s visit

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pat Shannon counted the steps. Nine that time, he said. It was a big move for the pilgrims who had been standing in a massive crowd on a Philadelphia side street waiting to go through security to join Pope Francis’ Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Art historian explores Michelangelo’s ‘masculine’ women

Art historian explores Michelangelo’s ‘masculine’ women

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strong shoulders, thick legs, defined muscles. The attributes were true of Michelangelo’s depictions of men, but also many of his women. In the past century, art historians have theorized that Michelangelo — creator of the world’s most famous Pieta, the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and Last Judgment frescoes, and Florence’s David — masculinized the female form because he was a product of a patriarchal society that denigrated women, or because he found men more beautiful.

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Does seeing the pope matter? Philly pilgrims say yes  — and no

Does seeing the pope matter? Philly pilgrims say yes — and no

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

“To be in his presence is so exciting,” said Jean Stolpestad, her eyes filling with tears. “I get to be with my spiritual father, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to experience.”

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Pope encounter quick but powerful for Minnesota pilgrims

Pope encounter quick but powerful for Minnesota pilgrims

| September 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

The sense that the chance to see the Holy Father up close was all too fleeting was prevalent among pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and not just because many wish they could hold onto the moment forever. Pope Francis’ vehicle drove faster down the street than they expected, making it difficult to both relish the moment and get a coveted photo of the pontiff as he clipped along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Bishop Cozzens: Pope offering ‘beautiful example’ of caring for others

Bishop Cozzens: Pope offering ‘beautiful example’ of caring for others

| September 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, had dinner with pilgrims from the archdiocese Sept. 25 who attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and were preparing for Pope Francis’ Sept. 26 arrival into the city for the Festival of Families on Saturday and the World Meeting of Families’ closing Mass Sunday.

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UST prof at World Meeting: Politics gets ‘dignity’ wrong

UST prof at World Meeting: Politics gets ‘dignity’ wrong

| September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

The problem, Collett said, is that “dignity” as used by some governing documents — including the constitutions of Italy, Germany and Japan — is divorced from the source of dignity, God, and presented as something that can be granted, rather than something that is inherent to the human person, as the Church believes.

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MN World Meeting attendees assess challenges facing families

MN World Meeting attendees assess challenges facing families

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The question of the greatest challenge facing families in Minnesota is one Jean Stolpestad regularly mulls, she said. The director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office for Marriage, Family and Life, Stolpestad oversees initiatives and programs aimed at strengthening Catholic families.

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As Philadelphia pilgrimage begins, Catholics embrace challenge and hope

As Philadelphia pilgrimage begins, Catholics embrace challenge and hope

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The group arrived shortly after noon in Philadelphia, four hours before Pope Francis was scheduled to touch down on U.S. soil for the first time near Washington, D.C., following his visit to Cuba.
Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis expect to see the pope on Saturday and Sunday; in the meanwhile, they’ll be attending lectures, workshops and expert panels at the World Meeting of Families.

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