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Unique urban monastery seeking new vocations

Unique urban monastery seeking new vocations

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

As the seven sisters of the Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis began the last part of Wednesday evening prayer, a tall, gangly young man in a blue shirt and jeans stuck his head in the door.

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Murray Institute producing high-quality educators for archdiocese

Murray Institute producing high-quality educators for archdiocese

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Sue Kerr, principal of Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Richfield, is a graduate of the Murray Institute, a collaboration between the University of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that provides advanced professional training and faith formation for teachers and educational leaders of the archdiocese.

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Q & A with Superintendent of schools

Q & A with Superintendent of schools

| December 8, 2009 | 0 Comments
Superintendent of schools Marty Frauenheim has more than 30 years of teaching, principal and superintendent experience in four states. She’s in her second year at the archdiocesan Catholic Schools Office.

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Catholicism in the classroom

Catholicism in the classroom

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Melissa Livermore, a math teacher at Holy Family in Victoria, integrates Catholic social teaching on a daily basis through word problems and activities. “The projects I have developed take real data from a social issue and culminate the skills used throughout the quarter,” she said.

In Livermore’s first project at Holy Family, geometry students created graphs on U.S. and world hunger. The graphs were hung around the school during a food drive. Recently, her calculus students addressed the spread of malaria around the world.

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One student’s perspective

One student’s perspective

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

Though the family is not Catholic, sending the children to Catholic school is a priority. Mai Te and her siblings all currently attend Catholic schools. She went to Risen Christ School in Minneapolis from first through eighth grade, as all of her siblings either have done or are doing.

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One parent’s perspective

One parent’s perspective

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments
Bethune Williams’ daughter, Nina Putmon, 10, is in fifth grade at Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis. Williams, who is Baptist, explains why she chose to send her daughter to a Catholic school:

I chose to send her to Risen Christ because I heard good things about the school and the teachers.

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The big questions

The big questions

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

So what makes Catholic higher education Catholic?

Catholic Spirit reporter Maria Wiering sat down with Mark Dienhart, executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas, and Brian Bruess, vice president for enrollment management and dean of student affairs at St. Catherine’s University, to ask them about the roles of their Catholic universities.

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Alums chat up Catholic education

Alums chat up Catholic education

| December 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

A plastic surgeon, Frank Pilney, 74, founded a surgical program in 1981 to treat Peruvian children requiring reconstructive surgery.

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Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

Putting an end to ‘parish-hopping’

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mass at St. Mark in St. Paul ended at noon, but Jeremy and Autumn Irlbeck didn’t get home until 1 p.m. — and they only live six blocks away.

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Catholics speak up: So, why do I go to Sunday Mass?

Catholics speak up: So, why do I go to Sunday Mass?

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

It’s a way to recharge.
It’s a vaccination for the week ahead.
It’s a joyous thing.
It’s another opportunity to reach people.
It’s a priority.
It’s an amazing hour where we meet our God.
It’s Jesus in the Eucharist.
It’s Mass, and there are myriad reasons why Catholics participate every week.

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Got talent? Why your parish needs you

Got talent? Why your parish needs you

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

When several pastors were asked: “For which ministries at your parish are you most in need of more volunteers?” their common response was: “All of them.”

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‘We believe’ . . . what, exactly? A priest explains the creed

‘We believe’ . . . what, exactly? A priest explains the creed

| October 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Every Sunday, Catholics all over the world recite the Nicene Creed at Mass. This ancient prayer serves as a summary of our Christian faith.

But how many of us actually think about the meaning of the words we recite from memory week after week?

Father Michael Byron, associate professor of theology at the St. Paul Seminary and pastor of St. Cecilia in St. Paul, offers this breakdown of the creed to help Catholics gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of their faith.

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