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For new priests, Mass attendees, ordination ‘a day of grace’

For new priests, Mass attendees, ordination ‘a day of grace’

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Hedman admits to tearing up before and during his ordination Mass. Afterward, it seemed he couldn’t smile broadly enough. “I can’t put my reaction into words,” he said. The closest was “wow.”

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For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Austin Barnes, 26, vividly remembers his first time as an altar server, as a fourth grader at Holy Trinity in South St. Paul. For one, none of the other servers showed up. And a visiting priest was saying Mass.

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Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Nathan Hastings hadn’t really thought about the priesthood growing up. “It wasn’t on my radar at all,” he said. He planned to become an engineer and get married.

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For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The wish of Deacon Paul Hedman’s great-grandmother is about to come true.

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Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On a retreat in Italy during his junior year in college, Deacon Clayton Forner was sitting in a chapel with an assignment: meditate on the Nativity. He was trying to place himself in the scene, imagining what he would see, smell, hear. And as prayed, he found himself viewing the scene through the eyes of Joseph — witnessing Jesus’ birth, wiping the infant with a towel and gazing upon him.

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Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What began as a chance to meet new people on a mission trip in the Andes of Peru became an opportunity for God to reach more directly into Deacon Cesar Valencia Martinez’s life, calling him to the priesthood.

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Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than a decade ago, Deacon Tim Tran had set his career path and was on his way to fulfilling it at the University of Minnesota.

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Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Yamato Icochea looks forward to helping people in ways only a Catholic priest can: providing the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and confession.

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Advice to graduates

Advice to graduates

| May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit invited Catholics in various leadership positions throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to share advice for the class of 2020. The following is a selection of those responses.

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Graduate profiles

Graduate profiles

| May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

To honor graduating high school seniors in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The Catholic Spirit asked three Catholic high schools — Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and Providence Academy in Plymouth — to nominate students for the following profiles.

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Statues of Jesus and Mary guide pilgrims to peace at Iowa shrine

Statues of Jesus and Mary guide pilgrims to peace at Iowa shrine

| Susan Klemond | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

At Trinity Heights Queen of Peace Shrine, a 30-foot-tall stainless-steel statue of Mary, Queen of Peace, welcomes 80,000 visitors a year with an outstretched hand. With the other, she points across the shrine’s statues and gardens to the source of peace — a slightly taller statue of Jesus revealing his Sacred Heart.

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‘On the same ground as the pope’: St. John Paul II in the heartland

‘On the same ground as the pope’: St. John Paul II in the heartland

| Debbie Musser | March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Dial back to the fall of 1979. A new pope, John Paul II, set out to embark on a nine-day apostolic journey to the United States that included a special visit to Des Moines, Iowa, only 230 miles from the Twin Cities.

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