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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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2016 Senior Services Guide

2016 Senior Services Guide

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

2016 Senior Services Guide

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Formation a journey — literally — for local Jesuit novices

Formation a journey — literally — for local Jesuit novices

| Susan Klemond | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Located on Summit Avenue next to St. Thomas More, a parish in the care of Jesuit priests, the novitiate serves the provincial territory from Kentucky to the Dakotas. The novices, mostly in their 20s, come from a variety of backgrounds and education levels.

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Studies track effect of family encouragement on vocation pursuit

Studies track effect of family encouragement on vocation pursuit

| Mark Pattison | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is no single answer to what spurs a young man or woman to consider a vocation to religious life or the priesthood.

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Forgive offenses

Forgive offenses

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

To forgive offenses is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy. It is also variously known as to “forgive all injuries” and to “forgive sins.”

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Couple turns to stone for help with troubled marriage

Couple turns to stone for help with troubled marriage

| November 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

Final installment in a 14-part series highlighting local Catholics who live out the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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