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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Archbishop Hebda says wide input helpful for nuncio, next archbishop

Archbishop Hebda says wide input helpful for nuncio, next archbishop

| November 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Archbishop Hebda says wide input helpful for nuncio, next archbishop

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‘Father Hennepin’ draws controversy as committee evaluates Capitol art

‘Father Hennepin’ draws controversy as committee evaluates Capitol art

| November 17, 2015 | 7 Comments

A painting in the Minnesota State Capitol of explorer Father Hennepin at the center of controversy as a committee evaluates the merits of the Capitol’s existing collection and what to add to new public spaces opening as part of its comprehensive restoration.

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Nuncio rep confirms listening sessions will have role in pope’s naming of new archbishop

Nuncio rep confirms listening sessions will have role in pope’s naming of new archbishop

| November 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

A representative of the apostolic nunciature to the United States observed two listening sessions Nov. 2-3 to gather information to aid Pope Francis’ selection of the next archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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A year after Doe 1

A year after Doe 1

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

What the ‘new day’ and ‘new way’ look like now

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Archdiocese, state in ongoing talks on criminal and civil charges

Archdiocese, state in ongoing talks on criminal and civil charges

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota will continue meeting outside of court to discuss criminal and civil charges the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office filed against the archdiocese, attorneys for both parties said in an initial hearing Oct. 29 in Ramsey County Court.

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Minnesota Historical Society to buy Hayden Center

Minnesota Historical Society to buy Hayden Center

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis plans to sell the Monsignor Hayden Center, one of its chancery properties, to the Minnesota Historical Society for $4.5 million, officials announced Nov. 3.

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‘Catacombs’ in White Bear Lake an encounter with the saints

‘Catacombs’ in White Bear Lake an encounter with the saints

| October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the help of high school students, a faith formation teacher annually transforms one of the gathering spaces at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake into a labyrinth where explorers encounter Catholic saints.

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Retired hospice doctor:  ‘It’s not unhealthy to think about death’

Retired hospice doctor: ‘It’s not unhealthy to think about death’

| October 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

“It was there that I learned about the dying patient,” Thalhuber said of Our Lady of Good Counsel. “What they taught me about my own mortality is to trust and be grateful. And trust trumps all. When patients trusted, and were grateful for what they had accomplished and who they were, and knew who they were, it was a very powerful experience.”

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Catholic Charities breaks ground on new Dorothy Day

Catholic Charities breaks ground on new Dorothy Day

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Hundreds of business and community leaders including Gov. Mark Dayton and St. Paul Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann joined Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer Tim Marx Oct. 8 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Catholic Charities’ new Dorothy Day Center, Higher Ground St. Paul. During a 45-minute program in a white tent adjacent to the construction site, Marx […]

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Pilgrims share small sufferings, great joy during World Meeting, pope’s visit

Pilgrims share small sufferings, great joy during World Meeting, pope’s visit

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pat Shannon counted the steps. Nine that time, he said. It was a big move for the pilgrims who had been standing in a massive crowd on a Philadelphia side street waiting to go through security to join Pope Francis’ Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Art historian explores Michelangelo’s ‘masculine’ women

Art historian explores Michelangelo’s ‘masculine’ women

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Strong shoulders, thick legs, defined muscles. The attributes were true of Michelangelo’s depictions of men, but also many of his women. In the past century, art historians have theorized that Michelangelo — creator of the world’s most famous Pieta, the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and Last Judgment frescoes, and Florence’s David — masculinized the female form because he was a product of a patriarchal society that denigrated women, or because he found men more beautiful.

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Does seeing the pope matter? Philly pilgrims say yes  — and no

Does seeing the pope matter? Philly pilgrims say yes — and no

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

“To be in his presence is so exciting,” said Jean Stolpestad, her eyes filling with tears. “I get to be with my spiritual father, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to experience.”

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