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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Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the past six years, Pope John Paul II Catholic School in northeast Minneapolis has made a tremendous turn-around.

It faced near-closure in 2004, but today it runs its budget in the black (thanks, in part, to a pastor with a business degree), serves as a model for multi-age classrooms and has made a commitment to strong Catholic identity initiatives, for which it earned a national award in April.

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Western metro nonprofit spotlights rising suburban poverty

Western metro nonprofit spotlights rising suburban poverty

| November 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

On the outside, Beth’s life looked like the American dream: She lived in a beautiful house near Lake Minnetonka, and her husband’s career allowed her to stay home to raise her two young sons. It was a comfortable —?even enviable — life for a woman in her late 20s.

But that was the facade. On the inside, Beth had endured emotional abuse from her husband since the beginning of their marriage. And when she tried to leave the marriage for the sake of her sons, the abuse turned physically violent.

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Catholics need imagination to address globalized world, journalist says

Catholics need imagination to address globalized world, journalist says

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Journalist John Allen was working toward a doctorate in Scripture when he started writing about religion for news publications. “I found I could be paid to write about religion without using footnotes and without using ancient languages by doing it as a journalist,” he quipped. Allen left graduate school to become one of the most respected Catholic news reporters and analysts while covering the last 10 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy at the Vatican.

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Marriage catechesis remains archdiocesan priority in wake of DVD controversy

Marriage catechesis remains archdiocesan priority in wake of DVD controversy

| November 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

It’s been six weeks since the Minnesota bishops mailed 400,000 DVDs to Minnesota Catholics opposing same-sex marriage.

The mailing, which explained the church’s teaching on marriage and urged Catholics to support an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman, received praise as well as criticism.

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Cemetery, families share monument care responsibility

Cemetery, families share monument care responsibility

| November 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul has received more than 200 calls inquiring about sinking grave markers since WCCO’s I-TEAM investigated the phenomenon in early October.

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New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Six parishes in the southwestern part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are slated to merge under the strategic plan announced Oct. 16, and most parishioners are not surprised.

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Plan sets parameters for schools’ own strategic process

Plan sets parameters for schools’ own strategic process

| October 16, 2010

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are at the beginning of their own strategic planning process.

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Town hall-style meeting Oct. 27 to address church’s teaching on marriage

Town hall-style meeting Oct. 27 to address church’s teaching on marriage

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Two archdiocesan priests will address Catholics’ questions about the church’s teaching on marriage and family Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton.

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All of late pope’s life pointed to Christ, writes biographer in sequel

All of late pope’s life pointed to Christ, writes biographer in sequel

| October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

It was Good Friday 2005, and Pope John Paul II was too weak to attend the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, an 18th century tradition reestablished by Pope Paul VI in 1964. His aides brought in a TV as a means of participation, and he watched the throng of people meditate on the passion, holding candles in the dark against the domineering Roman arches.

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Lansing, Buffalo dioceses models in strategic planning process

Lansing, Buffalo dioceses models in strategic planning process

| October 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

A slumping economy and population declines have impacted every facet of life around Buffalo, N.Y., over the last several decades as industry began to wane along Lake Erie’s shore. Many businesses, schools and banks closed or merged. Mass attendance, Catholic school en­rollment and baptisms declined.

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Hometown glory: ‘The Catholic Guy’ gets day named for him in Twin Cities

Hometown glory: ‘The Catholic Guy’ gets day named for him in Twin Cities

| September 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

How do you get a lobster, pub grub and a whole day named after you? If you’re Lino Rulli, you just ask. Sept. 29 was Lino Rulli Day in St. Paul and Minneapolis, officially declared so by the cities’ mayors, Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak.

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St. Joseph’s administrator roots values in founding sisters’ vision

St. Joseph’s administrator roots values in founding sisters’ vision

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

When Phyllis Novitskie, 59, began her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul in 1977, she was fresh from Winona State University and was adventurously planning to move to Alaska in a year’s time to be a public health nurse. As her first year ended, however, she decided to stay. She loved the […]

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