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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Archdiocese: Goal is to pay abuse settlement to survivors by year-end

Archdiocese: Goal is to pay abuse settlement to survivors by year-end

| August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

An attorney representing the archdiocese said that the archdiocese intends for survivors to receive remuneration as soon as possible, and that survivors have asked for payment distribution by the end of 2018.

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Archdiocese continues to meet Ramsey County settlement requirements

Archdiocese continues to meet Ramsey County settlement requirements

| July 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The progress in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy reorganization, which is expected to be settled in a matter of months, will allow the archdiocese to move ahead with restorative justice efforts with survivors outlined in the settlement agreement, Tim O’Malley said.

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Pastors say parish settlement contribution small but significant

Pastors say parish settlement contribution small but significant

| July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

“We’re all part of the same Church. We’re all part of the same body of Christ,” Father Livingston said of the St. Paul in Ham Lake’s decision to contribute to the settlement.

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Come hell or high water: Is your parish ready to handle a fire or flood?

Come hell or high water: Is your parish ready to handle a fire or flood?

| July 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are your parish’s fire extinguishers full? Computers backed up off-site? Can its thermostat alert someone if it senses unusually high temperatures? Mark Larson hopes the answer is yes. As owner and president of Clean Response in St. Paul and a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace in Edina.

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Catholic Spirit wins 12 Catholic Press Awards

Catholic Spirit wins 12 Catholic Press Awards

| June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit received 12 awards, including an honorable mention for Newspaper of the Year, from the Catholic Press Association June 15 at the Catholic Media Convention.

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Archbishop Hebda applauds Trump’s action to end family separation at border

Archbishop Hebda applauds Trump’s action to end family separation at border

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda said he is “pleased President Trump has committed to executive action to end the family separations happening at the U.S.-Mexico border” June 20 following the presidential administration announcement of the decision.

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Benilde-St. Margaret’s alumnus ordained for Jesuits June 9

Benilde-St. Margaret’s alumnus ordained for Jesuits June 9

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Henry Shea was ordained for the Society of Jesus June 9 at the Fordham University Church in New York City.

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Retired priest hopes to save childhood church building from demolition

Retired priest hopes to save childhood church building from demolition

| June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Forliti said that if the building is saved, the school retains a “magnificent architectural gem” and community “icon,” and the neighbors’ goodwill, and it will gain the gratitude from preservation-minded citizens, recognition for promoting the environment through adaption and reuse, and “the positive outcomes that result from lessons learned when the past is not destroyed but honored.”

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Timeline of archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings

Timeline of archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings

| May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

A look back at the key events leading up to and part of the bankruptcy proceedings.

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Archdiocese reaches joint reorganization plan; $210 million for survivors largest settlement of its kind

Archdiocese reaches joint reorganization plan; $210 million for survivors largest settlement of its kind

| May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a consensual plan with a committee representing clergy sexual abuse survivors to resolve its bankruptcy, offering $210 million for restitution to claimants. The settlement is the largest ever reached in a bankruptcy case related to clergy sex abuse.

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Father Jones credits vocation to family, SJV come-and-see weekend

Father Jones credits vocation to family, SJV come-and-see weekend

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a Vianney Visit that tipped the scales for Father Colin Jones, motivating him to enter seminary. He had been thinking about the priesthood since he was a boy, but as college drew closer, he had pushed the idea aside, considering it too daunting.

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