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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Congolese priest removed from ministry at St. Boniface following assault charge

Congolese priest removed from ministry at St. Boniface following assault charge

| March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced March 1 that a priest of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa, Congo, ministering in Minneapolis was removed from ministry after he was charged with domestic assault against an adult woman.

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Ahead of his Feb. 15 death, Catholic Studies founder Don Briel reflected on dying well

Ahead of his Feb. 15 death, Catholic Studies founder Don Briel reflected on dying well

| February 13, 2018 | 7 Comments

Don Briel, founder and longtime director of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, was diagnosed in mid-January with two forms of acute leukemia. He reflected Feb. 8 on his life’s work, the future of Catholic higher education and preparing for death.

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New ombudsman draws on legal, advocacy experience

New ombudsman draws on legal, advocacy experience

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Three decades ago, Tom Johnson was asked to help with a string of child sexual abuse allegations in Scott County, which includes Belle Plaine, Prior Lake and Shakopee. The investigation had been bungled, and among the mistakes was the way children had been questioned. By the time Johnson was involved, people’s stories had changed numerous times, allegations grew to include murder, and additional investigators had to sift through what was real and what was fabricated.

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Catholic Advocacy Network district leader reflects on new role

Catholic Advocacy Network district leader reflects on new role

| February 7, 2018 | 1 Comment

Cathy Frazier grew up in a home where religion and politics were discussed around the dinner table, and she and five of her siblings were known to divide into partisan camps. Decades later, she’s decided to delve more deeply into influencing policymaking by volunteering as a district leader with the Catholic Advocacy Network.

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2018 appeal increases goal, adds new ministry

2018 appeal increases goal, adds new ministry

| February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

This year, the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation is increasing both its fundraising goal and its impact, with the addition of another supported ministry. Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry for men and women seeking post-abortive healing, is joining the other 17 ministries the annual appeal previously supported in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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MCC’s 2018 legislative agenda shows relationship between issues

MCC’s 2018 legislative agenda shows relationship between issues

| February 6, 2018 | 1 Comment

Adkins identified two themes — fighting the commodification of the human person and caring for “our common home” — that will shape the crux of the MCC’s work this session.

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Archbishop to Super Bowl visitors: MN winters might be chilly, but hospitality is warm

Archbishop to Super Bowl visitors: MN winters might be chilly, but hospitality is warm

| January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

“My prayer for this special weekend is that all of you — teams, vendors, families, media and all guests — have a safe and fun visit,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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Grants help more schools adopt blended learning model

Grants help more schools adopt blended learning model

| January 29, 2018 | 1 Comment

Like his classmates at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Mound, seventh-grader Noah Vogt’s regular math homework is to watch his teacher give a lesson via video. The next day in class, he does his homework with that teacher nearby.

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Father Joseph temporarily removed from ministry following allegation

Father Joseph temporarily removed from ministry following allegation

| January 24, 2018 | 14 Comments

Father Thomas Joseph, outgoing pastor of St. Nicholas in Carver, was temporarily removed from ministry because law enforcement is investigating him for criminal conduct involving an adult.

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Former student arrested for setting St. Kate’s fires

Former student arrested for setting St. Kate’s fires

| January 19, 2018 | 5 Comments

A Jan. 19 statement from the university stated that its community was “shocked and saddened” by Hassan’s reported statements about her motives.

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Father Baer remembered for preaching, conviction, focused faith

Father Baer remembered for preaching, conviction, focused faith

| January 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

“The first minute I heard a Father Baer homily for the first time I was motivated to be a better Catholic,” Lisa Schoen wrote on Transfiguration’s Facebook page. Another commentator, Leslie Lynn, wrote, “I am just so heartbroken — he meant so much to our family. … What a great man, priest, friend.”

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Answered prayers? Our Lady of Lourdes’ Vikings Facebook post goes viral

Answered prayers? Our Lady of Lourdes’ Vikings Facebook post goes viral

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Comments range from compliments on the clever idea (“well played”) and emojis indicating laughter to direct invitations to attend Mass. Commenter Eric Langness noted, “You might need to schedule more than 3 Masses this Sunday.”

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