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New leadership sparks unprecedented student involvement in U of M campus ministry

New leadership sparks unprecedented student involvement in U of M campus ministry

| Jessica Weinberger | September 7, 2016 | 10 Comments

On an average weekend at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, 1,200 students gather together — not to attend a Gopher sporting event or house party — but to attend one of three Sunday Masses at St. Lawrence Church and Newman Center on the northwestern edge of Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood.

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St. Paul street named after Mother Teresa in 2004

St. Paul street named after Mother Teresa in 2004

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mother Teresa of Kolkata is memorialized on a street just one block away from the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Father Pilaczynski served St. Thomas Academy many years

Father Pilaczynski served St. Thomas Academy many years

| September 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

Father John Pilaczynski of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a longtime priest and educator at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, died Aug. 27 in San Antonio, Texas, at age 84.

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Before sainthood, Mother Teresa lit up the hearts of Minnesotans

Before sainthood, Mother Teresa lit up the hearts of Minnesotans

| September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Johnson made a surprising connection in Rome with Mother Teresa in the 1990s before his ordination.
Mother Teresa inquired about his studies and where he would serve as a priest. Father Johnson, now pastor at Holy Family in St. Louis Park, shared it with her not expecting her to know about Minnesota.
“Her eyes lit up, and she repeated the word ‘Minnesota’ with such love,” Father Johnson said. “I never heard anyone say the name of our state with such love. You could tell that there is a real connection that, in her mind, she was remembering all the times that she had been here visiting the Kumps.”

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New ministry equips grandparents to pass along the faith

New ministry equips grandparents to pass along the faith

| Susan Klemond | September 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Carl and Susan Keeney began teaching their granddaughter about the Catholic faith while she lived with them during the first years of her life. The girl is now 10 and the couple, parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park, has continued to teach her. They helped prepare her for baptism this spring, but to their disappointment, the girl’s mother (their former daughter-in-law) wouldn’t allow her to be baptized.

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Victims seek $80M from archdiocese in Reorganization plan

Victims seek $80M from archdiocese in Reorganization plan

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Three months after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a plan for Reorganization in its bankruptcy proceedings, the committee representing sexual abuse claimants filed its own plan Aug. 22 that seeks approximately $80 million in compensation from the archdiocese.

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Father Marvin O’Connell, Church historian, dies

Father Marvin O’Connell, Church historian, dies

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Marvin O’Connell, 86, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died Aug. 19 at Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Schools plan for new buildings, expanded preschool

Schools plan for new buildings, expanded preschool

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to share what’s new for the 2016-17 academic year. The following is a selection of their responses.

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Venezuela native prepares to lead diverse Minneapolis school

Venezuela native prepares to lead diverse Minneapolis school

| Sam Patet | August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Edgar Alfonzo leaves law for education, finds he has a heart for students

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Victims’ attorneys appeal judge’s decision not to consolidate parish, archdiocesan assets

Victims’ attorneys appeal judge’s decision not to consolidate parish, archdiocesan assets

| August 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

A committee representing sexual abuse claimants filed Aug. 10 to appeal a bankruptcy court judge’s ruling that declined to consolidate the assets of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with those of parishes and other Catholic entities in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy process.

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SJV seminarians to live at Irish college in Rome

SJV seminarians to live at Irish college in Rome

| August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fifteen seminarians at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul will be studying in Rome this fall and living at a location that has changed from previous years.

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After document release, Archbishop Nienstedt maintains misconduct allegations are false

After document release, Archbishop Nienstedt maintains misconduct allegations are false

| August 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

With the closure of the criminal case, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office made public documents from its investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including memos and affidavits addressing an inquiry of whether Archbishop John Nienstedt, then head of the archdiocese, may have mishandled a clergy sex abuse case because of his friendship with former priest Curtis Wehmeyer and his own alleged sexual misconduct.

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