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Anonymous donor offers $25 million matching gift to University of St. Thomas

Anonymous donor offers $25 million matching gift to University of St. Thomas

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

An anonymous donor has offered $25 million to the University of St. Thomas as a matching grant, the largest such gift in the university’s history.

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Common Hope to get St. John’s Dignitas Humana Award

Common Hope to get St. John’s Dignitas Humana Award

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Common Hope, a St. Paul-based non-profit organization that provides education, health care and housing to children and families in need in Guatemala, will receive the Dignitas Humana Award Sept. 13 from St. John’s University in Collegeville. Common Hope — founded by the Huebsch family — began working with families in Guatemala in 1986, helping them […]

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Quotes from this weeks newsmakers – September 9, 2010

Quotes from this weeks newsmakers – September 9, 2010

| September 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

“The spirit of God was working in me and the parish staff members that day. God used us to be the light in the darkness.” — Father Tom Iwanowski, former pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa church near the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J., recounting how the parish provided comfort and care nine years […]

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FOCUS provides a blueprint to a stronger faith for university students

FOCUS provides a blueprint to a stronger faith for university students

| Gina Dolski | September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Conferences sponsored by the Fel­low­ship of Cath­olic University Stu­dents provide young adults with an opportunity to explore the Catholic Church and walk away with a stron­ger involvement in their faith. Young adults will have an opportunity to attend a FOCUS conference Jan. 7-9 in St. Paul. The organization presents conferences nationwide and provides faith programs […]

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Doctors of the church are special class of saints

Doctors of the church are special class of saints

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

The feasts of the four original doctors of the church are celebrated during the second half of the year: St. Augustine on Aug. 28, St. Gregory the Great on Sept. 3, St. Jerome on Sept. 30, and St. Ambrose on Dec. 7. Why the title “doctor”? A doctor is a top-ranking expert in a chosen […]

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‘Strategic planning’  and ‘downsizing’ are different

‘Strategic planning’ and ‘downsizing’ are different

| September 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

The archdiocese’s plan is a strategic plan, not a downsizing plan like some other U.S. dioceses have implemented. The difference is important, said Jim Lundholm-Eades, strategic planning task force member and arch­di­oc­e­san Parish Serv­ices Team’s di­rector. “The number of Cath­olics in the arch­diocese is growing,” said Rita Beatty, planning process communications manager. “The challenge that […]

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Print Edition – September 9, 2010

Print Edition – September 9, 2010

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Read the current issue online.

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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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