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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St. Paul Seminary launches new Institute for Catholic School Leadership

St. Paul Seminary launches new Institute for Catholic School Leadership

| January 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Merylann J. Schuttloffel was preparing to move her family from northwest Iowa to a small town on the Louisiana-Arkansas border, she asked her husband, who had already begun a new job there, to stop at the local Catholic school and enroll their two elementary-aged sons. When he returned to Iowa to help with the family’s move, he brought her a box packed with third-grade books — and he told her she had a new job as the school’s third-grade teacher.

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Judge: ‘Good progress has been made so far’ in archdiocese’s safe environment practices

Judge: ‘Good progress has been made so far’ in archdiocese’s safe environment practices

| January 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tim O’Malley, archdiocesan director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, said the archdiocese’s work goes beyond meeting settlement requirements to “the spirit of the settlement” to creating and maintaining a culture that ensures the safety of future generations from clergy sexual abuse.

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With bankruptcy end, fresh opportunities to help abuse survivors

With bankruptcy end, fresh opportunities to help abuse survivors

| January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Frank Meuers and Tim O’Malley meet every month or so, often for breakfast, to talk about the Church and clergy sex abuse. Meuers is the southwest Minnesota chapter director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, aka SNAP, and O’Malley directs the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

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Archdiocese officially out of bankruptcy

Archdiocese officially out of bankruptcy

| December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy case was formally closed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Dec. 21, three months after $210 million plan for Reorganization was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel Sept. 25.

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Archbishop Nienstedt’s ministry restricted in archdiocese

Archbishop Nienstedt’s ministry restricted in archdiocese

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

“While this may cause some pain, my hope is that this decision prompts further action by those with authority over Archbishop Nienstedt to resolve this question,” Archbishop Hebda said in the letter, which also announced new steps the archdiocese is taking to minister to clergy sexual abuse survivors.

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‘Ask the Archbishop’ showcases students’ letters to Archbishop Hebda — and his responses

‘Ask the Archbishop’ showcases students’ letters to Archbishop Hebda — and his responses

| December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Hebda had in mind his six nieces and nephews as he penned the responses, he said. They are written simply, but they also synthesize complex truths of the Catholic faith.

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Catholic Services Appeal lagging behind goal

Catholic Services Appeal lagging behind goal

| November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

“If they’ve given in prior years, please come back and support us in our time of need,” said Greg Pulles, treasurer of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation board of directors, of CSA donors. “We’re projecting 6,000 [donors] short, and that means we’re cutting funding to these ministries and they really desperately need these funds.”

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Through Retirement Fund, Catholics show gratitude for religious men and women

Through Retirement Fund, Catholics show gratitude for religious men and women

| November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The religious sisters who have recently overseen the Retirement Fund for Religious have a notable trait in common: They’re past the standard retirement age.

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Archbishop Nienstedt denies sexual misconduct allegations in Vatican lawsuit

Archbishop Nienstedt denies sexual misconduct allegations in Vatican lawsuit

| November 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

The lawsuit cites the internal investigation commissioned in 2014 by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis into allegations that Archbishop Nienstedt engaged in sexual misconduct with adults prior to being named Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. That investigation produced affidavits alleging that Archbishop Nienstedt had sexually harassed and propositioned adult males and frequented gay establishments in Canada and Detroit.

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Leaders say ‘The Seminaries of Saint Paul’ better conveys institutions’ identity, mission

Leaders say ‘The Seminaries of Saint Paul’ better conveys institutions’ identity, mission

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

In an effort to boost the community’s awareness of the archdiocese’s two seminaries and the programs they offer — including significant opportunities for lay formation — St. John Vianney and St. Paul Seminary are uniting under a single brand: The Seminaries of Saint Paul.

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Maple Grove parish shines purple light on domestic violence

Maple Grove parish shines purple light on domestic violence

| October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

At night, the windows of St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove are glowing purple throughout October. It’s is the color of domestic violence awareness, and it’s among the many ways a parish group aims to highlight the issue during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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‘A refugee camp right here in our city’

‘A refugee camp right here in our city’

| October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Homeless, volunteers say recognizing dignity key to helping encampment residents

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