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Protecting traditional marriage is focus of state bishops’ initiative

Protecting traditional marriage is focus of state bishops’ initiative

| September 23, 2010

“As the chief pastor of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, I am writing to let you know of an important development that, if suc­cessful, will pro­foundly im­pact families throughout Min­nesota,” Arch­bishop John Nienstedt wrote in a letter to Cath­olics in the archdiocese. “That is, the or­gan­ized effort to re­define marriage in our state.”

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Father Wilfrid Upson served poor, alcoholics

Father Wilfrid Upson served poor, alcoholics

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Oblate Father Wilfrid Upson, 80, died Sept. 5 at St. John’s Hospital in Maple­wood. Father Upson served in the archdiocese as pastor of St. Mary in downtown St. Paul from 1976 to 1985. In 1998, he became a resident at St. Casimir in St. Paul and a pastoral volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission. He was noted throughout his priesthood for working with alcoholics and the poorest of the poor. For the past two years, he was a resident at the Cerenity Center in St. Paul.

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New website offers more than just a sharper look

New website offers more than just a sharper look

| September 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

If you’ve visited TheCatholicSpirit.com since Sept. 10, you’ve likely noticed it received a makeover.

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She loves to make them smile

She loves to make them smile

| Susan Klemond - For The Catholic Spirit | September 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

Of all the kids she encounters at Burnsville High School, Patti Durham has gotten to know some special ones.

During the past five years, she’s spent her study hall time at school working with severely handicapped peers, who, she said, have shown her more about what it means to be pro-life.

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Catholic Charities names co-CEO

Catholic Charities names co-CEO

| September 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

The board of directors of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis has named Robert K. Spinner as co-CEO to share responsibility and authority with CEO Paul Martodam.

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A new look for TheCatholicSpirit.com

A new look for TheCatholicSpirit.com

| September 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Notice anything different? You probably do – and hopefully you like the changes we’ve made to www.TheCatholicSpirit.com.

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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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New digs

New digs

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

University of St. Thomas senior John Busch looked like a kid in a candy store recently when he entered a huge weight room on the St. Paul campus that is part of the new $52 million Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. The complex opened Sept. 1 for use by students, staff and athletes. It also […]

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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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