Joe Ruff

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Opportunity March 11 to lobby for emergency shelters, affordable housing

Opportunity March 11 to lobby for emergency shelters, affordable housing

| February 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Catholic Conference is co-sponsoring a day of lobbying March 11 at the State Capitol in St. Paul on the need to increase funding for emergency shelters and create more affordable housing.

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MCC outlines priorities, expectations in legislative session

MCC outlines priorities, expectations in legislative session

| February 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divided state government and looming November elections will flavor initiatives and debate in the Minnesota Legislature as lawmakers convene at the State Capitol in St. Paul over the next four months.
A bonding bill is likely to pass; finding compromises and common ground in other areas in an election year will determine how much more gets done, said Jason Adkins, executive director and general counsel of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops. 

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WATCH: Ordination, installation of Bishop-elect DeGrood

WATCH: Ordination, installation of Bishop-elect DeGrood

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Modern technology will ensure that everyone can participate in the ordination and installation Mass of Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Where does your parish offering go?

Where does your parish offering go?

| February 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

People donating in collection baskets at Masses across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis might like to know that 92 cents of every dollar given stays in the parish, or supports parish-driven initiatives.

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Victim-survivors share impact of clergy sexual abuse at restorative justice conference

Victim-survivors share impact of clergy sexual abuse at restorative justice conference

| January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

For Frank Meuers, a victim of clergy sexual abuse, the impact is far-reaching and never-ending.

“It’s like a stone in a pond,” he said, “the hole disappears, but the ripple effects go on and on.”

A member of St. Joseph Parish in New Hope and director of the southwest Minnesota chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, Meuers described the anger he lived with for years – and the help he received through therapy. He shared that and more as part of a five-person panel of victim-survivors at a Jan. 23 conference organized by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Thousands pray, march for right to life

Thousands pray, march for right to life

| January 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

People came by school bus, city and coach buses, in cars and on foot.

More than 3,000 people, filling to standing-room-only the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul Jan. 22 for the annual Prayer Service for Life. 

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Restorative justice heals at the heart of hurt

Restorative justice heals at the heart of hurt

| January 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Dan Griffith has held the stone.

He has felt the emotional weight and lifting of that weight from holding that small stone, sharing in a healing circle his story of secondary trauma from the Church’s clergy sexual abuse crisis. And in an official capacity with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis he is helping to spread the concept of healing circles and restorative justice both in the archdiocese and beyond in hopes others impacted by the crisis — particularly victims/survivors, those directly harmed by sexual abuse in the Church — can begin to heal.

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Archdiocese to hold conference for clergy abuse survivors

Archdiocese to hold conference for clergy abuse survivors

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Victim/survivors and others impacted by clergy sexual abuse are invited to a Jan. 23 conference on restorative justice and healing organized by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Prayer service for peace to be held amid US-Iran tension

Prayer service for peace to be held amid US-Iran tension

| January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

A prayer service for peace in the wake of the U.S. targeted killing of an Iranian general is planned for Jan. 11 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

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Catholic, Lutheran bishops in Minnesota issue open letter backing refugee resettlement

Catholic, Lutheran bishops in Minnesota issue open letter backing refugee resettlement

| January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the Trump administration orders state and local governments to declare whether they will authorize refugee resettlement in their area, the Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Minnesota urged support and prayers for those seeking shelter and protection.

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Young adults to share ad limina experiences in Rome through The Catholic Spirit

Young adults to share ad limina experiences in Rome through The Catholic Spirit

| January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Young adults traveling to Rome with Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will share their trip with others even as they experience it.

That’s the plan for a regular blog posting on The Catholic Spirit website as 25 men and women ages 21 to 35 accompany the bishops Jan. 9-18 for the bishops’ Jan. 13 visit with Pope Francis.

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Catholic Charities to expand housing for homeless in Minneapolis

Catholic Charities to expand housing for homeless in Minneapolis

| December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

On the heels of finishing its $100 million Dorothy Day Place renovation and expansion of homeless shelter, apartments, meals and social services in St. Paul, Catholic Charities is expanding housing for the homeless in Minneapolis.

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