Madonna Arel got a seat early Jan. 22 for the annual Prayer Service for Life at the Cathedral of St. Paul. She was there, the parishioner of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton said, “because I believe life needs to be brought forward. There’s no respect for life any more.”
Cass Gilbert, the nationally regarded architect known for the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Minnesota State Capitol, is reported to have remarked: “If the dome of the Cathedral of St. Paul and that of the new state capitol were part of a city in Europe, they would be world famous.” The cathedral will get another shot at international fame Jan. 22-24, with the fourth annual Red Bull Crashed Ice season opener in St. Paul. As in years past, the ice-skate-racing course is built to show off the Cathedral of St. Paul’s impressive facade.
Pope Francis said his September trip to the U.S. will take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington — where he intends to canonize Blessed Junipero Serra — but probably no other stops.
Archbishop John Nienstedt addressed media Jan. 16 following the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ filing for Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. “I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those victims and survivors who have made claims against us,” he said.
On Jan. 16, the archdiocesan corporation filed a petition for Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This decision came after months of consideration and consultation with clergy and lay leadership and input from attorneys representing victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Archbishop John Nienstedt and other archdiocesan leaders determined the way to respond most fairly to victims/survivors, given the finite resources of the archdiocese, was to file Chapter 11 Reorganization.
For five generations, the Fitzgerald family has called the Blessed Sacrament on LaCrosse Avenue in St. Paul its spiritual home. Many returned one last time to say goodbye to the parish building, which closed after a final Mass Jan. 11.
Families prepare for birth and life of babies diagnosed with chromosomal disorders
A year ago high school sophomore Brianna Woitalla attended confirmation classes at her parish, St. Michael in St. Michael, only because her parents required it.
This year she looks at it differently.
The WINE: Women In the New Evangelization Catholic Women’s Conference will feature two speakers: Nancy Jo Sullivan, a parishioner of St. Peter in Richfield whose testimony will include spiritual lessons learned from her late daughter who had Down syndrome, and Patty Schneier, an author from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who will focus on evangelization tips for “the ordinary Catholic.”
The Vatican is helping Catholic dioceses and agencies step up the fight against Ebola and is urging other donors to help.
Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.