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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What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

| March 26, 2015 | 5 Comments

On March 22, Kara Tippetts died of cancer. She was a 38-year-old mother of four, a pastor’s wife and a writer in Colorado Springs. She chronicled her illness at her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she presented to the world not only the ups and downs of living with cancer, but also the deep Christian faith that grounded her. Her final post, written by a loved one, was an obituary. Its title: “Homecoming.”

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Bishop to Legislature: With driver’s license bill, Minnesotans have moral obligation to immigrants

Bishop to Legislature: With driver’s license bill, Minnesotans have moral obligation to immigrants

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishop Andrew Cozzens called a measure to allow Minnesotans without legal status to obtain provisional driver’s licenses or state-issued identification “good policy even if it’s politically difficult.”

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Observing ‘the signs of the times’: Final Vatican II document subject of UST conference

Observing ‘the signs of the times’: Final Vatican II document subject of UST conference

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Second Vatican Council’s capstone document, “Gaudium et Spes,” is key to understanding Pope Francis’ papacy and provides a framework by which the church can acknowledge the changing world without losing credibility, Church historian Massimo Faggioli told an audience March 12. However, he said, the 50-year-old document continues to receive a divided reception within the Catholic Church.

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After 106 years, Franciscans leaving St. Paul parish

After 106 years, Franciscans leaving St. Paul parish

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Franciscan Father Eugene Michel announced March 15 that health concerns are compelling him to leave Sacred Heart in St. Paul, and his Franciscan community does not have a priest available to replace him. Responsibility for the parish’s pastoral care will return to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Louis & Zelie remind us sainthood marriage’s goal

Louis & Zelie remind us sainthood marriage’s goal

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Envision the family portrait. The husband and wife stand in Victorian dress with their five adult daughters, all in habits. It’s nothing I’ve seen on any Christmas card, but it’s an icon Catholics should expect this coming year in preparation for the canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese the Little Flower. The couple, married in 1858, had nine children — seven daughters and two sons — but only five girls survived infancy. All five joined the convent; one became a Visitation sister, and the others Carmelites in Lisieux.

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Affordable housing, education choice included in bishops’ discussions with lawmakers

Affordable housing, education choice included in bishops’ discussions with lawmakers

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishops from each of Minnesota’s six dioceses met with Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers March 5 to discuss legislation on a range of issues, from immigration and education to poverty relief and commercial gestational surrogacy.

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Masqueray’s masterpiece

Masqueray’s masterpiece

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

According to local historian Alan Lathrop’s 1980 profile of Emmanuel Louis Masqueray for Minnesota History magazine, the architect was “virtually unknown” in 1904, at the time Archbishop John Ireland commissioned the 43-year-old to design the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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Local historian says cathedral from ‘age of heroic architecture’

Local historian says cathedral from ‘age of heroic architecture’

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Local historian Larry Millett isn’t an expert on the Cathedral of St. Paul, but as a longtime researcher of the Twin Cities’ architectural landscape, he can’t help but run into it, he said. As anyone driving West on Interstate 94 into St. Paul knows, that domed building overlooking downtown “is pretty hard to ignore,” Millett said.

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Rector: Preserving, celebrating cathedral honors its legacy

Rector: Preserving, celebrating cathedral honors its legacy

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a child growing up in St. Paul, Father John Ubel recalls confusing the Cathedral of St. Paul with the Minnesota State Capitol. His mother would gently remind him that the cathedral had the green dome, and the Capitol was white. Decades later, he is rector of the cathedral — the dome of which has been restored to dark copper — as it celebrates 100 years since its first Mass in 1915.

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World Meeting of Families pilgrims urged to commit

World Meeting of Families pilgrims urged to commit

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholics planning to join the local pilgrimage to September’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia — and see Pope Francis there — are encouraged to register soon due to limited space, said Jean Stolpestad, director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Marriage, Family and Life. The pilgrimage is Sept. 22-28.

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Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell dies

Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell dies

| February 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O’Donnell died Feb. 20. An early member of the St. Paul religious community and a nationally regarded pro-life advocate and speaker, Brother Paul was 55.

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A look at the life

A look at the life

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Standing by a table spread with books, prayer cards and tiny Blessed Teresa of Kolkata holy medals, Sister Mary Tessilina, a Missionary of Charity, playfully draped an edge of her iconic, blue-striped sari over 22-year-old Anna Romportl’s forehead.

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