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Soon-to-be-saint, founder of missions, a model for evangelization

Soon-to-be-saint, founder of missions, a model for evangelization

| Susan Klemond | September 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

When Blessed Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Spanish priest known for founding a string of iconic California missions and ministry to native population, is canonized later this month, Catholics in Minnesota and across the country hopefully will be inspired by his evangelistic “witness of fortitude” and will look for ways to share their faith, said Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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‘Jim Gaffigan Show’ treats Catholicism seriously, but in a funny way

‘Jim Gaffigan Show’ treats Catholicism seriously, but in a funny way

| Maria Macina and John Mulderig | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

So plaudits are due to the folks behind the new TV Land program “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” Remarkably, they’ve managed to strike just the right balance between the weighty topic of religious devotion and the comically challenging situations to which the exercise of Catholic piety can all too often lead in today’s mixed-up world.

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A ticket to hell: Dante’s ‘Inferno’ inspires Fringe show

A ticket to hell: Dante’s ‘Inferno’ inspires Fringe show

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

A famous medieval poem is getting a contemporary twist at this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis’ annual smorgasbord of theater, performance art and storytelling. “Tales from Café Inferno” re-imagines the first — and best known — third of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem the “Divine Comedy.” In Fringe’s version, Hell isn’t a series of nine descending circles of suffering; it’s a coffee shop.

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Life filled with pain becomes book filled with hope

Life filled with pain becomes book filled with hope

| July 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

A priest Caryn Sullivan met in 2010 changed her life. She met him not long after her husband of 20 years, Ted, died in December 2009.

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New director says university’s Catholic Studies aims high in pursuit of faith and reason

New director says university’s Catholic Studies aims high in pursuit of faith and reason

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul tapped a man well versed in cultivating Catholic identity to direct its Center for Catholic Studies.

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Maiden mother, meek and mild

Maiden mother, meek and mild

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Raphael’s ‘Madonna of the Pinks’ an MIA birthday surprise

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C.S. Lewis’ ‘Narnia’ comes to life in local ballet

C.S. Lewis’ ‘Narnia’ comes to life in local ballet

| Bridget Ryder for The Catholic Spirit | May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

A local ballet company is bringing C.S. Lewis’ beloved children’s story “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to life in an original production.

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Speaker: Responsible parenthood begins before baby

Speaker: Responsible parenthood begins before baby

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Moral theology professor says Church’s teachings on sexuality promote meaningful, joyful life

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UST faculty recall colleague’s spirit in living with ALS

UST faculty recall colleague’s spirit in living with ALS

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Former University of St. Thomas dean Bruce Kramer publicly shared part of his experience living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through a series broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and now a book he co-authored with MPR’s Cathy Wurzer. After living with the disease for almost four and a half years, Kramer died March 23 at age 59.

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C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’ at Pantages

C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’ at Pantages

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

A stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ book “The Great Divorce” will be performed at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis April 24-25. Show times are 8 p.m. April 24 and 4 p.m. April 25. Tickets range from $33 to $93.

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Seminarian play comically shows ‘dark side’ of parish life

Seminarian play comically shows ‘dark side’ of parish life

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Parish disagreements aren’t usually dangerous. But when an unconventional liturgist challenges the status quo, even murder is possible — at least in a play seminarians at the St. Paul Seminary are producing this month.

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A good beer: Finnegans celebrates 15 years of feeding the hungry

A good beer: Finnegans celebrates 15 years of feeding the hungry

| March 11, 2015 | 1 Comment

In the purchase and subsequent consumption of what’s playfully dubbed “Irish Holy Water,” fans of Finnegans beer are feeding the hungry in Minnesota, which has included clients of Catholic Charities in the past.

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