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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Mass Matters

Mass Matters

| January 13, 2010

Parish planning seeks to ensure sacraments, but changes are inevitable The Northeast Minneapolis area covers just about eight square miles of the city, but it includes nine Roman Catholic parishes and three Eastern-rite Catholic parishes. Initially settled by immigrant Italians, Poles, French, Germans, Ukrainians, Russians and Slovaks, the community’s Catholic population has declined during the […]

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The big questions

The big questions

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

So what makes Catholic higher education Catholic?

Catholic Spirit reporter Maria Wiering sat down with Mark Dienhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas, and Brian Bruess, vice president for enrollment management and dean of student affairs at St. Catherine’s University, to ask them about the roles of their Catholic universities.

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Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mass at St. Mark in St. Paul ended at noon, but Jeremy and Autumn Irlbeck didn’t get home until 1 p.m. — and they only live six blocks away.

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As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

As parish meetings end, trends emerge from ideas, concerns

| September 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

The fear of losing one’s parish community, the low rate of young people attending Mass, and retaining St. Peter Claver’s unique identity were among the concerns voiced at the last regional parishioner meeting Nov. 5. Held in the basement of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul, the meeting attracted about 45 Catholics from several parishes. […]

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Rural parishes south of metro share strengths, challenges

Rural parishes south of metro share strengths, challenges

| July 15, 2009

Planning process’ regional leadership meetings begin in Northfield Six miles of field-bordered road separate St. John the Baptist in Vermillion from St. Mathias in Hampton, and it’s the same distance to St. Mary in New Trier. The triangular route between the parishes will be one Father Stan Mader learns well as he pastors the three […]

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Strategic planning task force will hear from parish leaders

Strategic planning task force will hear from parish leaders

| June 17, 2009

The Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Process for Parishes and Schools will be entering another phase in early July as task force members begin holding eight regional meetings for parish leadership. These meetings will give parish leaders an opportunity to receive information and give input into the  planning process, said Jim Lundholm-Eades, a member of the Strategic […]

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Planning task force hearing from priests, parish leaders, ministry staff

Planning task force hearing from priests, parish leaders, ministry staff

| May 20, 2009

The parish and school planning process is underway in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and members of an archdiocesan task force have  begun to meet with priests and parish leaders to gather information. The task force plans to use the information gathered at these sessions to craft recommendations on archdiocesan-wide planning for Archbishop […]

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Planning task force aims for 'highly consultative' process

Planning task force aims for 'highly consultative' process

| April 2, 2009

Task force members have already begun collecting data for the archdiocesan-wide planning for parishes and schools that Archbishop John Nienstedt announced last week. They are expected to present the archbishop with recommendations in 12 to 18 months. Members of the Strategic Task Force for Parish and School Planning in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and […]

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