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At 75, St. Peter adapting to Richfield’s changes

At 75, St. Peter adapting to Richfield’s changes

| October 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

When St. Peter in Richfield became a parish in 1943, all that existed around its present-day site was Academy of Holy Angels, open fields, a couple small buildings and a dirt-road intersection.

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SPO founder reflects on what young adults need — and why its model works 

SPO founder reflects on what young adults need — and why its model works 

| October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Gordy DeMarais by email to provide an overview of young adult ministry in light of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment that began at the Vatican Oct. 3. His responses have been edited for clarity.

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New Champions for Life to be honored Oct. 18

New Champions for Life to be honored Oct. 18

| October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Three people and one pro-life group who have dedicated time and energy to defend human life at all stages will be recognized at the 10th-annual St. John Paul II Champions for Life Awards Luncheon Oct. 18.

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Generosity for Catholic education shines at Night of Light

Generosity for Catholic education shines at Night of Light

| October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aim Higher Foundation President Jean Houghton was amazed the moment she saw on a large screen how much attendees donated for Catholic education at the St. Paul-based nonprofit’s fall gala Sept. 28.

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Basilica, St. Agnes to host drama about slave’s journey to priesthood

Basilica, St. Agnes to host drama about slave’s journey to priesthood

| October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary will host a production about Father Augustus Tolton, the first known African-American priest in the U.S. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

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Ordained at 51, Father Hart dedicated ministry to serving others

Ordained at 51, Father Hart dedicated ministry to serving others

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Being a lifelong Catholic, Father Bob Hart had a certain impression of the priesthood by the time he was in his 40s — until a 1993 retreat talk in by a priest wearing a polo shirt and khakis made him rethink the vocation and his own possibility of joining it.

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Father Long engaged lay staff in ministry

Father Long engaged lay staff in ministry

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

While Father Jack Long always appreciated working with lay staff in his 40 years of ministry, he said their vital roles became more evident in his final two assignments — both parishes with more than 3,500 households. He refuses to micromanage, he said. “If I’m going to hire a janitor, I’m going to hope that he knows the ins and outs of a boiler, because I don’t.”

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Once a priest at ‘parish to the mall,’ Father Thompson maintains Franciscan spirituality

Once a priest at ‘parish to the mall,’ Father Thompson maintains Franciscan spirituality

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Dennis Thompson hasn’t been a member of the Franciscan order for 15 years, but he considers himself “a Franciscan at heart.”

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Are our kids safe?

Are our kids safe?

| September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

As new abuse scandals rock the U.S., safe environment policies — and their enforcement — in the spotlight

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Archdiocese’s $210 million settlement plan approved

Archdiocese’s $210 million settlement plan approved

| September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I hope this resolution brings some measure of justice to you,” Archbishop Hebda said to survivors. “Yet, I know that no amount of money will make up for the horrors you experienced and the far-too-frequent failures by priests and bishops — inexcusable failures that went on for way too long.”

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Father Fitzpatrick found guidance in Vatican II

Father Fitzpatrick found guidance in Vatican II

| September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Robert Fitzpatrick witnessed the waves of change after the Second Vatican Council during his formation for the priesthood in the late 1960s. He was part of the first class of seminarians to enter after the council began in 1962.

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Puerto Rico native surprised by call to become a bishop

Puerto Rico native surprised by call to become a bishop

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Juan Miguel Betancourt Torres was meeting with a seminarian the afternoon of Sept. 11 when his phone rang. He ignored it.

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