Barb Umberger

Barb is a staff writer for The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail her at umbergerb@archspm.org.

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New bishop named for Diocese of Kitui

New bishop named for Diocese of Kitui

| March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 17, the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, which has a close relationship with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, learned it will have a new bishop.

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Litany of coronavirus prayers airs daily on Relevant Radio

Litany of coronavirus prayers airs daily on Relevant Radio

| March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

DeLaSalle High School senior JunFen Freihammer seems a perfect fit to record a prayer to lift hardships caused by the coronavirus.

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Proximity to Mass important to many Catholic seniors

Proximity to Mass important to many Catholic seniors

| March 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Paul Miterko had a series of back injuries and surgeries at age 74. At one point, he needed a hoist to get him in and out of bed. Today at 80, he still has pain but he gets around using a walker. 

One benefit of mobility: He can walk to Mass on his own, using a covered walkway that connects Epiphany Senior Housing where he lives to Epiphany church in Coon Rapids. 

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Prayer, beauty, quiet draw visitors to New Melleray Abbey

Prayer, beauty, quiet draw visitors to New Melleray Abbey

| March 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Trappist Brother Paul Andrew Tanner remembers the day 24 years ago when he drove to the New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa, to attend his first retreat there. “Until I pulled into the parking lot, I had my CD player going and my radio going,” he said. “And then I turned that off and had a weekend of quiet — religious quiet.”

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U of M economics student to share his perspective this fall at pope’s conference

U of M economics student to share his perspective this fall at pope’s conference

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sergio Barrera is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Beyond his educational achievements, he will soon embark on the opportunity of a lifetime.

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At 13, Taylor Wright is painting a bright future

At 13, Taylor Wright is painting a bright future

| March 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

As with many 13-year-olds at a Catholic school, Taylor Wright is preparing for confirmation. Unlike those writing a report about a favorite saint, she is drawing her saint.

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Preparing for the needs of an aging Minnesota

Preparing for the needs of an aging Minnesota

| February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote mischievously in his poem, “Mending Wall.” Anna and Curtis Pribula of Fridley might beg to differ.

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Ready to caucus? Catholics, start your engines

Ready to caucus? Catholics, start your engines

| February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

When her children were young, Jean Stolpestad brought them to caucuses to introduce them to the process — just as her mother did when she was growing up. Her mom was an avid caucus-goer and often exclaimed, “This is how we make change.”

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