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Communicate, admit mistakes and 30 other merging lessons learned

Communicate, admit mistakes and 30 other merging lessons learned

| Father John Bauer - For The Catholic Spirit | September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following includes 32 lessons Strategic Task Force co-chair Father John Bauer shared with other pastors regarding parish mergers and reconfigurations. In dioceses across the country the phenomena of merging, twinning, clustering and closing parishes has been occurring for several years.  The indications are that this will continue at least for the immediate future. Given […]

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St. Catherine University professor wins faculty excellence award

St. Catherine University professor wins faculty excellence award

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sister Amata Miller, IHM, a St. Catherine University economics professor and director of its Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity, was honored with the 2010 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award at the school’s opening convocation Sept. 8. Presented annually since 2006, the award carries a $10,000 cash prize and recognizes accomplishments in […]

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Fair trade coffee like ‘cup of solidarity,’ says CRS ambassador

Fair trade coffee like ‘cup of solidarity,’ says CRS ambassador

| Julie Pfitzinger - For The Catholic Spirit | September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Bob Walz appreciates a good cup of coffee when he tastes one, but a rich, full-bodied taste is only part of what Walz is looking for when he pours his first cup every morning.  In his role as a Catholic Re­lief Services Fair Trade Am­bas­­sa­dor, Walz is a fervent supporter of certified fair trade coffee. […]

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Universities welcome record first-year enrollments

Universities welcome record first-year enrollments

| Susan Klemond - For The Catholic Spirit | September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

At first, Elizabeth Murphy wanted to go away to college, but she didn’t think the five miles from her St. Paul home to the University of St. Thomas constituted “going away.” Murphy’s parents, however, encouraged her to consider closer schools, and in the end, St. Thomas’ location played a key role in her decision to […]

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St. Paul Seminary is home to 33 new seminarians

St. Paul Seminary is home to 33 new seminarians

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

The St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity this fall welcomes its largest enrollment in almost three decades. Thirty-three new seminarians are joining the seminary, bringing the total number of men studying for the priesthood to 92. The residence hall there is at full capacity, ac­cording to the seminary. The seminarians come from 14 dioceses in […]

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Msgr. John Sankovitz was longtime teacher

Msgr. John Sankovitz was longtime teacher

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Msgr. John Sankovitz, 87, died Aug. 29. He was born Nov. 8, 1922, in Wisconsin and ordained a priest for the archdiocese on May 31, 1947. Msgr. Sankovitz was the only diocesan priest to teach at the St. Paul Semi­nary, University of St. Tho­mas and Nazareth Hall, where he was rector. He also served as […]

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Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales

Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Discussions about the morality of stem cell research often focus on the differences between adult stem cells and stem cells derived from embryos. The adult variety, such as those derived from bone marrow or umbilical cords, are already providing an impressive array of treatments and cures for sick people, while the embryonic kind are not. […]

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Archdiocese hires new director of development and stewardship

Archdiocese hires new director of development and stewardship

| September 2, 2010

Michael F. Halloran, executive director of The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Sacramento, has been chosen by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis following an extensive search to serve as its director of development and stewardship beginning Nov. 1. Halloran will be in charge of all fundraising, including the annual Catholic Services Appeal, […]

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Celebrating 63 years at Holy Childhood

Celebrating 63 years at Holy Childhood

| August 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Past teachers and graduates reminisce on school’s history August 8.

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Quotes from this weeks newsmakers – August 12, 2010

Quotes from this weeks newsmakers – August 12, 2010

| August 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chicago Cardinal Francis George.
Benedictine Sisters of Virgina.
Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana.
Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl.

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New ‘farmers’ Mass’ being offered in New Prague area

New ‘farmers’ Mass’ being offered in New Prague area

| August 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Farmers and others in the New Prague area whose schedules make it difficult for them to attend Sunday morning Masses now have a new option: an 8:15 Saturday night Mass at St. Scholastica in Heidelberg.

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Letters to the editor – August 12, 2010

Letters to the editor – August 12, 2010

| August 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

As an adoptive mother, I was pleased to read about the Day of Honor and Recognition for Birth mothers in The Catholic Spirit [July 1]. Although my daughter and I always keep a day to honor her birth mother, it is important for birth mothers to know that we are forever grateful for their sacrifices.

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