Dave Ziebarth showed a clip from the movie “Saving Private Ryan” as his third-hour world history class at St. Thomas Academy began a section on World War II.
The Catholic Spirit asked three alumni from different decades what still resonates from their years at St. Thomas Academy.
The entire student body, also known as the corps of cadets, stands at attention in the St. Thomas Academy court during daily formation. With a strong, crisp, unified voice, they recite the Hail Mary and the Pledge of Allegiance. As the cadets settle into their “at ease” position, staff and students step up to the mic to share announcements and celebrate accomplishments at the Mendota Heights school.
Father Vaughn Treco, a married former Anglican priest who was ordained to the Catholic priesthood May 3, responded to questions from The Catholic Spirit in an e-mail interview. He was ordained to the papal-approved Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and in this special ministry will serve a small community of former Anglicans who have been worshiping at Holy Family in St. Louis Park.
As Baltimore cleaned up after a night of riots, looting and fires following the funeral of Freddie Gray, Archbishop William Lori said the Church’s place is to pray, be a voice for peace and participate in a wider community dialogue to solve the systemic issues that led to the unrest.
People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.
Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25.
The Catholic Spirit asked Bishop Anthony Muheria of Kitui, Kenya, to share via e-mail how his community has been coping in the aftermath of reportedly anti-Christian massacres April 2 at Garissa University, 170 miles northeast of Kitui in a neighboring diocese.
Turning 85 meant semi-retirement for Sister Ann Michele Jadlowski, a sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Having just turned 90, she continues to care for people at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul, founded by her order, but sees the need to invite Catholics to share in the mission.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has scheduled notices of an important claim filing deadline to run in local, regional and national publications.
As a May 18 deadline to finalize a state budget looms, Minnesota legislators continue to work on a number of bills that the Minnesota Catholic Conference has weighed in on during the session. Jason Adkins, executive director and general counsel for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, said now is a “crucial juncture” on all the bills.
Western Christians are facing a culture “bored with Christ,” author George Weigel said April 23 before an audience including hundreds of permanent deacons and their wives in Minneapolis.