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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Sister Simone Campbell advocates bridge-building in election year

Sister Simone Campbell advocates bridge-building in election year

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drawing on Pope Francis’ analogy of “bridge building” used in his September address to Congress, Sister Simone said that bridges must first be deeply rooted in the bedrock of one’s convictions, but that rootedness shouldn’t be mistaken for the “bridge” itself.

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Archdiocese to move into historic 3M headquarters

Archdiocese to move into historic 3M headquarters

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis plans to move its central corporation offices to the 3M Company’s former headquarters in St. Paul. The archdiocese signed a lease Feb. 29 for the 75,000 square foot building in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, northeast of downtown.

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Hennepin painting recommended for removal from Capitol room

Hennepin painting recommended for removal from Capitol room

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a Jan. 8 letter to the subcommitte, the Minnesota Catholic Conference expressed opposition to the painting’s removal because it represents an important moment in the history of Christianity in the state.

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Archdiocese sells Hazelwood property

Archdiocese sells Hazelwood property

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 10-acre property with a 2,500-square-foot house sold to a Faribault couple for $365,000, $45,000 less than its initial asking price.

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New grant process to expand CRS Rice Bowl funds’ local impact

New grant process to expand CRS Rice Bowl funds’ local impact

| February 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Center for Mission has distributed almost 44,000 Rice Bowls in the archdiocese this year. Last year, 123 local parishes, schools and Catholic institutions participated, and donations totaled $97,713 — $27,000 more than the local Rice Bowl collection in 2012.

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Fridley pastor on leave during police investigation

Fridley pastor on leave during police investigation

| February 20, 2016 | 16 Comments

The pastor of St. William in Fridley has taken a voluntary leave of absence from ministry while he is the subject of an Edina Police Department investigation.

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Welfare, surrogacy, school choice top MCC’s legislative priorities

Welfare, surrogacy, school choice top MCC’s legislative priorities

| February 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes March 8 for its 2016 session, scheduled to end May 23. For the Minnesota Catholic Conference, a shorter session than last year’s means focusing on a few key priorities, said Jason Adkins, MCC director.

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Full day of confessions an opportunity for mercy, priests say

Full day of confessions an opportunity for mercy, priests say

| February 11, 2016 | 5 Comments

An extended opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation will begin at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul and Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at noon March 4 and last until noon March 5 as part of 24 Hours for the Lord, a worldwide Year of Mercy event backed by Pope Francis.

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WINE conference focuses on redemptive suffering, mercy

WINE conference focuses on redemptive suffering, mercy

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

“WINE is about coming together to do the will of God” with “a charisim of unity,” Kelly Wahlquist, WINE’s founder, said as she opened the Feb. 6 conference.

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Villa Maria retreat center closing

Villa Maria retreat center closing

| February 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Ursuline Sisters announced Feb. 2 that Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Frontenac will close June 30. Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn, Ursuline provincial leader, attributed the closure to finances.

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Bidding window opens for chancery building

Bidding window opens for chancery building

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

A U.S. bankruptcy court judge approved Jan. 28 the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ plan to enter into time-fixed bidding process for one of its properties after receiving an initial bid from a Minneapolis developer for $2.75 million.

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Annulment questions? Tribunal staff available Ash Wednesday

Annulment questions? Tribunal staff available Ash Wednesday

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

During and after Ash Wednesday Masses at the Cathedral of St. Paul, representatives from the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be available for questions related to marriage annulments. It’s the ninth year the office has held the event, but it’s especially appropriate for the Year of Mercy, said Father Michael Johnson, the tribunal’s judicial vicar.

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