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Hundreds filled the front steps of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis Nov. 20 following Mass to witness the closing of the church’s Holy Doors, marking the end of the jubilee Year of Mercy. Among them were Jonathan Thompson and Julia Waletzko, who had held hands and grinned as they passed through the doors a final time. The pair, who met at the Basilica at a Bible study on Valentine’s Day, had gotten engaged just hours earlier.
For Jesus Christ to offer humankind his mercy, it took offering his pain and suffering from his passion and death on the cross.
Pope Francis called the world to “constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy” in his papal Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which will conclude Nov. 20 on the feast of Christ the King. The Holy Father wrote, “At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives.”
Currying favor with the people of Minneapolis — Catholics and non-Catholics alike — was behind the name change, according to documents in the archdiocesan archives, and civic influence and Church finances had as much to do with the modification as did the sense that people in both cities and the suburbs saw the Twin Cities as a metropolitan area.
Hofstede was born in Minneapolis and graduated from the then-College of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 1964 with a degree in biology and chemistry. He served on the university’s board of trustees from 1988 to 2000 and received its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992.
Citing social justice efforts such as the new Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, which has drawn the support of people of different religious traditions, the archbishop emphasized the importance of collaboration and being shrewd with resources while focusing on human needs. “If our work is to succeed, our work has to be God’s work,” he said.
“Becoming an organist in a church position was what brought me back to my faith in a really deep way,” Joel Kumro said. “Thanks to Catholic young adult ministry in Buffalo, I found that there were a lot of us around that are interested in more traditional forms of liturgy in music.”
Among the first official acts Archbishop-designate Bernard Hebda will perform following his installation as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis May 13 will be ordaining nine transitional deacons 10 a.m. May 14 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.
At the Cathedral of St. Paul, marble floors are being polished, nearly 40 chasubles are being dry-cleaned and pressed, and a team of volunteers have been — for weeks — dusting the intricate sacristy woodwork with toothbrushes.
The annual Block Party has raised millions of dollars to support the building’s preservation and restoration. It is sponsored by Cities 97.
Visitation Sister Suzanne Homeyer stood in the John XXIII Gallery at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis gazing at a recently hung painting. It depicted the back of a nun in full habit carrying a bag in her right hand, walking down a street in Annecy, France.
At his first Easter Mass in Minnesota, newly appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda preached to a crowded Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis that a response is required to Jesus’ resurrection, one that calls for all to be missionaries of the Gospel and missionaries of God’s mercy.