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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Cavins’ reaction to new Pew survey: Sound the alarm

Cavins’ reaction to new Pew survey: Sound the alarm

| May 13, 2015 | 26 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Jeff Cavins, director of evangelization and catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and a nationally recognized Catholic speaker and author, to share his analysis of the report and what it means for the Catholic Church locally and in the U.S.

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With local collection already planned for Nepal, second earthquake boosts need

With local collection already planned for Nepal, second earthquake boosts need

| May 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

The need for a collection planned to support Catholic Relief Service’s work in Nepal expanded May 12 when another major earthquake struck the Asian country. At least 50 have died, and more than 1,200 are injured, according to CNN.

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Deacons’ challenge: Changing a culture ‘bored with Christ,’ says Weigel

Deacons’ challenge: Changing a culture ‘bored with Christ,’ says Weigel

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Western Christians are facing a culture “bored with Christ,” author George Weigel said April 23 before an audience including hundreds of permanent deacons and their wives in Minneapolis.

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Archbishop to Catholics: Pray the rosary through July 4

Archbishop to Catholics: Pray the rosary through July 4

| May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a homily following the annual May rosary procession, Archbishop John Nienstedt called on Catholics to pray the rosary daily through July 4 for the success of efforts to support and protect religious freedom in the United States.

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Dunrovin once a game preserve

Dunrovin once a game preserve

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the mid-20th century, Catholic high school students were typically required to attend a retreat before graduation, and those attending schools run by Christian Brothers were no exception. The religious community ran several all-male Twin Cities schools, most of which have since merged or closed: Archbishop Brady High School in West St. Paul, Benilde High School in St. Louis Park, Cretin High School in St. Paul, DeLaSalle in Minneapolis, Hill High School in Maplewood and Archbishop Grace High School in Fridley.

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Retreat center in renaissance of serving youth

Retreat center in renaissance of serving youth

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On a warm spring afternoon, Nancy Russ sat on a bench, gazing out over the small, tree-lined lake on the grounds of the Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center near Marine on St. Croix. The only sounds were honking geese and branches rustled by a gentle breeze. A parishioner of St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, Russ, 72, said she has been coming to Dunrovin for 18 years and always feels a sense of peace there.

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Integration of the human person LiveFamily! focus

Integration of the human person LiveFamily! focus

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

In order to see marriage correctly, one needs to see “Catholicly,” Father Thomas Loya of the Tabor Life Institute told an audience April 11 at the 2015 LiveFamily! Expo.

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Deadline set for filing claims against archdiocese

Deadline set for filing claims against archdiocese

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

People with sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should file their claims by August 3 in order to be part of the archdiocese’s Chapter 11 Reorganization settlement, Judge Robert Kressel ruled April 16.

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Father Barron: With false conception of God, atheists attacking ‘straw man’

Father Barron: With false conception of God, atheists attacking ‘straw man’

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

They call it “Pastafarianism” — a farce religion constructed around the belief in a “Flying Spaghetti Monster” deity, “a fantastical, imaginary being for whom there is not a trace of physical evidence.” It stands in comparison to the Christian God, whose existence, Pastafarianists argue, is also unsupported by science.

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Take Easter beyond egg hunts and into everyday life

Take Easter beyond egg hunts and into everyday life

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was the pinnacle of a Triduum made difficult by my 18-month-old. My husband and I spent Holy Thursday taking turns walking with him in our parish’s narthex, and on Good Friday I held him as he slept, unable to kneel or stand with the rest of the congregation.

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Secular institutes a ‘hidden leaven in the world’

Secular institutes a ‘hidden leaven in the world’

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

In her 20s, Jane Lynch knew she was called to a vocation other than marriage, but didn’t feel like the convent was the right fit. It wasn’t until she was in her late 30s that she discovered secular institutes, a form of consecrated life in which members live and work in society but share commitments to prayer and their institute’s community.

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Archdiocese: Proposal to move claim deadline to August fair to victims, reorganization process

Archdiocese: Proposal to move claim deadline to August fair to victims, reorganization process

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a motion April 1 to require all proofs of claims against it involving child sexual abuse by clergy to be filed by Aug. 3. The proposed deadline is an effort to move quickly toward a plan for Reorganization, said an attorney representing the archdiocese.

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