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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Abuse victims share stories at Ham Lake parish during prayer service for healing

Abuse victims share stories at Ham Lake parish during prayer service for healing

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, about 50 people gathered Jan. 29 to pray and listen to victims/survivors of child sexual abuse share their stories. The prayer service was the second the church has held for victims/survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

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Archdiocese lists assets, creditors in Jan. 30 court filing

Archdiocese lists assets, creditors in Jan. 30 court filing

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a listing of assets and creditors Jan. 30 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota.

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Judge-ordered mediation a continuation of collaboration, attorneys say

Judge-ordered mediation a continuation of collaboration, attorneys say

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will enter into mediation toward a settlement with insurance companies and victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse with claims against the archdiocese, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge determined Jan. 20.

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Five reasons to check out Red Bull Crashed Ice

Five reasons to check out Red Bull Crashed Ice

| January 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

Cass Gilbert, the nationally regarded architect known for the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Minnesota State Capitol, is reported to have remarked: “If the dome of the Cathedral of St. Paul and that of the new state capitol were part of a city in Europe, they would be world famous.” The cathedral will get another shot at international fame Jan. 22-24, with the fourth annual Red Bull Crashed Ice season opener in St. Paul. As in years past, the ice-skate-racing course is built to show off the Cathedral of St. Paul’s impressive facade.

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Judge-ordered mediation ‘a continuation’ of collaboration, attorneys say

Judge-ordered mediation ‘a continuation’ of collaboration, attorneys say

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will enter into mediation toward a settlement with insurance companies and victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse with claims against the archdiocese, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge determined Jan. 20.

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Golden Valley priest resigns

Golden Valley priest resigns

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Moudry resigned as pastor of St. Margaret Mary in Golden Valley, according to a Jan. 20 statement from Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens.

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Catholic philanthropist remembered for integrity in business, generosity to Church

Catholic philanthropist remembered for integrity in business, generosity to Church

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Faith in God, not altruistic ideals, shaped the life of Wayzata business leader and philanthropist David Koch, Father Michael Van Sloun said at his funeral Mass Jan. 9. The retired Graco Inc. chief executive officer and board chairman died Jan. 1 at age 84.

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Local youth make loud pro-life statement at national March for Life

Local youth make loud pro-life statement at national March for Life

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates flooded the National Mall Jan. 25 for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

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When not behind plate, umpire makes serving others a priority

When not behind plate, umpire makes serving others a priority

| September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

When Major League Baseball umpire Mark Wegner, a Catholic, is in Baltimore to work at an Orioles game, one way he likes to spend his spare time is by helping people in need.

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‘IT’S THE FRAME OF OUR DAY’

‘IT’S THE FRAME OF OUR DAY’

| December 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

It was 6:25 a.m. The vast majority of University of St. Thomas residence hall windows were dark and the campus was quiet, except for the hushed voices of a few students walking briskly to the chapel.

Every weekday morning, students meet to pray morning prayer at 6:30 at the Florence Chapel in the basement of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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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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