Joe Ruff

Joe is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail him at ruffj@archspm.org.

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Lay Advisory Board’s second meeting highlights synod, efforts at healing

Lay Advisory Board’s second meeting highlights synod, efforts at healing

| July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dale Lieb stepped away July 17 from his second Lay Advisory Board meeting with Archbishop Bernard Hebda determined to help spread the word about prayer and listening events set to begin this fall in preparation for the 2021 archdiocesan synod.

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Archbishop encourages first class at new Institute for Catholic School Leadership

Archbishop encourages first class at new Institute for Catholic School Leadership

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Encouraging the first class of an initiative offering Catholic formation for principals and aspiring principals, Archbishop Bernard Hebda reminded the 20 participants that their work as teachers and school leaders goes beyond meeting students’ academic needs.

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Oakdale parish’s new lecture series honors late pastor

Oakdale parish’s new lecture series honors late pastor

| July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lecture series featuring speakers who proclaim the Gospel with clarity, force and joy begins next month at Transfiguration in Oakdale, in honor of the parish’s late pastor, Father William Baer.

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West St. Paul parish merges with Our Lady of Guadalupe

West St. Paul parish merges with Our Lady of Guadalupe

| July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

As part of the merger, St. Michael’s sacramental records will transfer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is less than 2 miles away.

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Minnesota abortions drop overall; percentage by Planned Parenthood at record high

Minnesota abortions drop overall; percentage by Planned Parenthood at record high

| July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of abortions performed in Minnesota in 2018 declined by 2 percent to 9,910 from 10,134 the year before, according to an annual report on abortions released June 30 by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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New Prague farmers to host archdiocese’s rural life celebration

New Prague farmers to host archdiocese’s rural life celebration

| June 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

On a recent sunny, summer day, Dick and Mary Jo Hruby of rural New Prague were cleaning up their yard ­— a yard the size of six city blocks — preparing to host the archdiocese’s annual celebration of rural life.

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MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Three new sources of state funding will help protect life from conception to age 2 — the first 1,000 days of life.

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MCC director decries lawsuit challenging abortion measures

MCC director decries lawsuit challenging abortion measures

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lawsuit challenging health and safety measures related to abortion in Minnesota is an attack on bipartisan legislation that protects and respects life, the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference said.

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Father Zipp hears call to priesthood while praying for others

Father Zipp hears call to priesthood while praying for others

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

God’s call to the priesthood came to Father Andrew Zipp while he was praying for others.

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Archbishop: Newly-ordained priests called to discern, serve

Archbishop: Newly-ordained priests called to discern, serve

| May 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Urging them to discern God’s will and serve others, Arcbishop Bernard Hebda ordained five men to the priesthood May 25 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Concerned about sports parity,  MIAC removes University of St. Thomas

Concerned about sports parity, MIAC removes University of St. Thomas

| May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Officials at St. Thomas worked hard to remain in and stabilize the conference it helped found in 1920, Sullivan said. But citing athletic competitive parity as a primary concern, the MIAC Presidents’ Council made its decision, she said.

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College graduate: Patience, prayer make a difference

College graduate: Patience, prayer make a difference

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Listen to your heart, pray, be patient and have faith.

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