Pat Norby

Pat is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can email her at norbyp@archspm.org.

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Win-win

Win-win

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

St. Bridget estate sale a positive event for everyone

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Use Facebook and help the Basilica secure a grant for restoration

Use Facebook and help the Basilica secure a grant for restoration

| September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you have put off getting on Facebook, now is the time to jump on board and help the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis secure a grant to help restore the sacristy and narthex to its original beauty.

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Honesty, transparency let Gibney sleep well at night

Honesty, transparency let Gibney sleep well at night

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Jackie Gibney always wanted to be part of her dad’s business.

When Duane Jacobs started Jacobs Marketing in 1982, Gibney and her brother, Dan Jacobs, worked for their dad, while in school, stocking shelves and counting product.

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St. Therese marketing director is strong advocate for seniors

St. Therese marketing director is strong advocate for seniors

| September 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

John LeBlanc is right at home at Saint Therese of New Hope and Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake in Brooklyn Park. He greets everyone by name and often stops to ask about the well-being of staff, residents and tenants.

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Larry LeJeune values family, employees, customers

Larry LeJeune values family, employees, customers

| September 14, 2011 | 2 Comments

Family comes first for Larry LeJeune.

The parents of five adult children, grandparents of 14 and great grandparents of two, LeJeune and his wife, Jean, recently celebrated 55 years of marriage during a trip to Istanbul and Greece with 29 family members and two fiancées.

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9/11 hero inspires many good education programs

9/11 hero inspires many good education programs

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

For many Americans, the 9/11 tra­ge­dy that rocked our sense of safety is a sad memory with lasting changes to our formerly carefree travel routines.
But for the victims’ families, like Beverly and Tom Burnett Sr., “it’s like it happened yesterday.”

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Charity care still priority, despite cuts to hospitals

Charity care still priority, despite cuts to hospitals

| August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

A bruised but brave Thao Nguyen, 14, met with The Catholic Spirit less than 24 hours after Dr. Joseph Skow performed plastic surgery on her face at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.

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Outreach-based community still evolving after 25 years

Outreach-based community still evolving after 25 years

| August 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Gordy DeMarais, SPO executive director, Christina Smith and Father Kevin Finnegan, SPO board vice president, recently talked with Pat Norby, The Catholic Spirit news editor, about St. Paul’s Outreach, a Catholic ministry on college campuses across the United States that they began in St. Paul 25 years ago in response to the church’s call for a “new evangelization.”

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Visitation students learn from Kenya mission trip

Visitation students learn from Kenya mission trip

| July 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Our school motto is Non Scholae, Sed Vitae — ‘Not for school, but for life,’” Arnstein wrote. “Every day, I saw our students live out this motto in the way they opened their minds and hearts to what was, in many ways, a challenging experience.

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Historic St. Joseph church sold for $1

Historic St. Joseph church sold for $1

| July 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The building that served St. Joseph parish in Lexington for more than 100 years was sold for $1 to Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Association on July 25, said Father Kevin Clinton, pastor of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague and the five rural Catholic communities that St. Wenceslaus received as part of the strategic planning process.

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Heat, government shutdown felt at Dorothy Day and Sharing and Caring hands

Heat, government shutdown felt at Dorothy Day and Sharing and Caring hands

| July 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

In the midst of Minnesota’s massive heat wave, Mary Jo Copeland at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis and Gerry Lauer at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul said that they can’t blame the sweltering weather for the growing numbers of people coming in for help. However, the heat doesn’t help.

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St. Bridget in north Minneapolis ready to celebrate with neighbors

St. Bridget in north Minneapolis ready to celebrate with neighbors

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Traditionally, the St. Bridget Summerfest has been celebrated the first week in June at the north Minneapolis parish.

But after Franciscan Father Anthony Criscitelli saw the damage to the neighborhood and heard the insurance assessment on damage to the parish’s school building from the May 22 tornado, the pastor postponed the annual fundraiser and community gathering to Sunday, Aug. 21.

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