Jessica Trygstad

Jessica is the assistant editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail her at trygstadj@archspm.org.

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Environmental messages take shape in St. Paul art exhibit

Environmental messages take shape in St. Paul art exhibit

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Current events and Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home” have inspired five local artists to depict their environmental concerns in the exhibit “Hope. Earth. Liberation.” at Artista Bottega in St. Paul.

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New seminary rector recalled to home diocese

New seminary rector recalled to home diocese

| April 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Msgr. Thomas Richter, who since January has been preparing to transition to the role of rector at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, has been recalled to his home Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced April 4.

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Family seeks Fulton Sheen’s intercession for newborn son’s healing

Family seeks Fulton Sheen’s intercession for newborn son’s healing

| March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Even before Katherine and Jeff Dobbs were married, they had a name picked out for a future son: Fulton Francis. Fulton, for Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the mid-20th century priest known for his broadcast evangelism; and Francis, for Pope Francis, whom the couple later met at a general audience during their honeymoon in 2017.

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For 20 years, faith, family drive Living Stations

For 20 years, faith, family drive Living Stations

| March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Servants of the Cross to do four reenactments Good Friday

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Franciscan Brothers of Peace, other Catholics walk alongside victims of torture

Franciscan Brothers of Peace, other Catholics walk alongside victims of torture

| February 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

Throughout any given week, the Franciscan Brothers of Peace hear the rhythmic plucking of the krar — a lyre-like instrument from east Africa — in their St. Paul friary.

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Msgr. Richter prepares for new role as seminary rector

Msgr. Richter prepares for new role as seminary rector

| February 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

Msgr. Thomas Richter was thrilled with his first assignment as vice rector of the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. Having just arrived in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, he traveled to the Holy Land in January with the third-year seminarians, who’ll be ordained transitional deacons this spring.

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‘Five awesome date nights’: Marriage in Christ seminars coming to more parishes

‘Five awesome date nights’: Marriage in Christ seminars coming to more parishes

| February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fresh off marriage preparation and perhaps the honeymoon cruise ship, most newlyweds aren’t inclined to think about marriage enrichment programs. But that’s what Mary and Matt Brickweg did three years into their marriage when they participated in Marriage in Christ.

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Ahead of Super Bowl, Catholics partner to ramp up anti-trafficking efforts

Ahead of Super Bowl, Catholics partner to ramp up anti-trafficking efforts

| January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

For Terry Forliti, a series of traumatic events as a teenager — being raped by her boss, her friend dying in a car accident and her parents’ divorce — spurred heavy drug use that carried into adulthood.

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Father William Baer dies unexpectedly

Father William Baer dies unexpectedly

| January 14, 2018 | 12 Comments

A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Jan. 22, followed by an all-night vigil until 7 a.m. Jan. 23 at Transfiguration.

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In new book, deacon seeks to help people identify gifts

In new book, deacon seeks to help people identify gifts

| January 10, 2018 | 2 Comments

Deacon Winninger, 69, who serves at Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis, said the book is the product of what he describes as an “epiphany” he had before a presentation about 17 years ago.

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‘Dead Man Walking’ coming to Minnesota Opera

‘Dead Man Walking’ coming to Minnesota Opera

| January 10, 2018 | 3 Comments

The opera is based on the 1993 book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean of the Congregation of St. Joseph that describes her role as a spiritual director to two men on death row before their executions.

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Support groups available for victims/survivors

Support groups available for victims/survivors

| December 19, 2017 | 3 Comments

Richter, a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, said the group does not entail counseling. Rather, it involves a facilitated conversation in a community support system. The goal is to give people a space to make connections with one another.

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