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Priests named to Vocations Office, new clergy institute

Priests named to Vocations Office, new clergy institute

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Troy Przybilla was named director of the archdiocesan Voca­tions Office and Father Peter Wil­liams was named director of the Institute for Ongoing Clergy For­­­ma­tion, both ef­fective Jan. 15.

They are among the four priests and one deacon who are receiving new assignments from Arch­bishop John Nienstedt.

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New Prague pastor relieved by changes to merger

New Prague pastor relieved by changes to merger

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Kevin Clinton, pastor of St. Wenceslaus in New Prague, said he is feeling a bit less pressure since Archbishop John Nienstedt modified the merger plan among six parishes in the area.

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Archbishop modifies two of 14 original mergers

Archbishop modifies two of 14 original mergers

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Nov. 19 that he is modifying two of the 14 original parish mergers announced Oct. 16 and 17 by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Father Kammen named administrator at St. Hubert

Father Kammen named administrator at St. Hubert

| November 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Kammen was named parochial administrator for St. Hubert in Chanhassen.

Father Kammen, who was or­dain­ed in May 2007, has been serving as an assistant pastor at St. Hubert. He previously served as assistant pastor at Holy Name in Medina.

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Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

Catholic schools seek sustainability solutions

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the past six years, Pope John Paul II Catholic School in northeast Minneapolis has made a tremendous turn-around.

It faced near-closure in 2004, but today it runs its budget in the black (thanks, in part, to a pastor with a business degree), serves as a model for multi-age classrooms and has made a commitment to strong Catholic identity initiatives, for which it earned a national award in April.

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Father David McCauley named interim director of Minnesota Catholic Conference

Father David McCauley named interim director of Minnesota Catholic Conference

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, announced the appointment of Father David McCauley, as interim director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, effective Nov. 9, 2010.

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Planning process prompts 100 letters appealing 12 of 14 mergers

Planning process prompts 100 letters appealing 12 of 14 mergers

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Twelve of the 14 mergers outlined in the archdiocesan strategic plan have been appealed by parishioners or parish representatives, said Jennifer Haselberger, chancellor for canonical affairs.

The two mergers that are not being appealed are St. Vincent de Paul merging with the Cathedral of St. Paul and St. Augustine merging with Holy Trinity, all in St. Paul.

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More parishes exceed Appeal goal

More parishes exceed Appeal goal

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Eleven more parishes in the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have now exceeded their 2010 Catholic Services Appeal goal. A total of 91 parishes have now reached their Appeal goal.

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Parishioners at some churches designated for mergers file appeals

Parishioners at some churches designated for mergers file appeals

| October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Parishioners at churches involved in 10 of the 14 mergers announced earlier this month are appealing the decision affecting them through a formal process provided by Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Ode to a country church

Ode to a country church

| Sharon Wilson | October 20, 2010 | 6 Comments

For the weekend of Oct. 16 and 17, I was asked to be an archdiocesan representative at one of the merging parishes identified by the strategic planning. Not as an expert, but as a representative, it would be my job to listen, relay information and refer people to where they would be able to find out more.

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Holy Cross parishioners upset by media announcement of plan

Holy Cross parishioners upset by media announcement of plan

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Parishioners at the 4:30 p.m. Mass Oct. 16 at Holy Cross in northeast Minneapolis were upset after reading in the daily newspapers earlier that morning that their parish was slated to close.

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New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Six parishes in the southwestern part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are slated to merge under the strategic plan announced Oct. 16, and most parishioners are not surprised.

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