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Company’s candles helping church celebrate Easter for generations

Company’s candles helping church celebrate Easter for generations

| Katie Breidenbach | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dozens of little wax flowers lay on the table in front of her. With a gentle grip, Judy Hamrick picks up each one and covers the back in glue.

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Don’t procrastinate on faith, live today, pope says

Don’t procrastinate on faith, live today, pope says

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Christians are called to renew their faithfulness to God every day and not procrastinate when it comes to their own personal conversion, Pope Francis said.

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2017 Senior Housing Guide

2017 Senior Housing Guide

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking for senior housing, memory care or other services? The Catholic Spirit brings a selection of them to you in this annual guide.

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Financial adviser: Don’t wait to put a plan in place

Financial adviser: Don’t wait to put a plan in place

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

John Tetzloff has served many people in his 20 years at St. Paul-based Catholic United Financial. As an advanced case specialist and trainer, he meets with about 100 families every year about estate planning and charitable giving. But one particular couple stands out in his mind.

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Foundations seen as way for dioceses to fund local needs

Foundations seen as way for dioceses to fund local needs

| Mark Pattison | March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

More U.S. dioceses are turning to foundations to help meet their financial and fundraising priorities. And foundation executives in the diocesan realm believe they’ve only begun to tap into the potential for these gifts.

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School choice initiatives gain momentum

School choice initiatives gain momentum

| January 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

Across the country at the state level, Catholic conferences are involved in lobbying efforts to promote school choice as a way to provide more families access to Catholic schools.

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A day in the life of Catholic schools

A day in the life of Catholic schools

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, The Catholic Spirit photographer Dave Hrbacek documented a day at eight Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Jan. 18, starting in the east at St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater and ending in the west at St. Timothy School in Maple Lake.

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Lawyer puts passion to work as new interfaith advocacy leader

Lawyer puts passion to work as new interfaith advocacy leader

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a Twin Cities lawyer for 30 years, Anne Krisnik channeled her passion for social justice issues into her volunteer activities, among them, two decades of cooking once a month at the Catholic Charities Family Service Center in Maplewood. She planned upon retirement to devote more time to fight systemic poverty, which she hasn’t been able to do with a full-time job.

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Three urban Catholic schools partner for long-term success

Three urban Catholic schools partner for long-term success

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The kindergarten through eighth-grade schools — Ascension Catholic School in north Minneapolis, St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in northeast Minneapolis and St. Peter Claver Catholic School in St. Paul — comprise Ascension Catholic Academy. With Ascension serving as the anchor school, its staff is responsible for managing daily operations of all three.

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Sister teaches younger brother at Holy Family Academy

Sister teaches younger brother at Holy Family Academy

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fifth-graders in teacher Becca Reinhardt’s class at Holy Family Academy in St. Louis Park were asked if she shows favoritism to one particular student, Sam.

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U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling

U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling

| Mark Pattison | January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak.

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Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican

Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican

| Cindy Wooden | December 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.

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