Joe Ruff

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

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Elementary school in Maplewood reaches out to diverse population

Elementary school in Maplewood reaches out to diverse population

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

For Anne Gattman at St. Jerome School in Maplewood, bringing more students into Catholic schools is all about an open heart and open arms.

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Regional school in West St. Paul bases growth on building community

Regional school in West St. Paul bases growth on building community

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bridget Kramer has ridden a roller coaster of enrollment that’s now on the rise in this community school serving four parishes.

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Catholic high school in Victoria hones in on personal approach to enrollment growth with ‘Operation Bar Stool’

Catholic high school in Victoria hones in on personal approach to enrollment growth with ‘Operation Bar Stool’

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

As he joined the staff of Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria in 2016, Scott Breimhorst, executive director of admissions, didn’t like one aspect of what he saw: 395 students enrolled, the first time in 10 years administrators expected fewer than 400 students to fill Holy Family classrooms.

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Local Catholic schools gain enrollment at key entry points

Local Catholic schools gain enrollment at key entry points

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis saw enrollment increases this year at key entry points for students — preschool, kindergarten and ninth grade.

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Lay Advisory Board takes shape

Lay Advisory Board takes shape

| March 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jerry Lowe of Sacred Heart in St. Paul is going to help.

So is Paul Rebholz of St. Ambrose in Woodbury and scores of other parishioners across the archdiocese as Archbishop Bernard Hebda and other archdiocesan officials form a Lay Advisory Board to assist them in promoting healing and a renewed sense of mission in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Ex-priest subject of sex abuse lawsuits dies

Ex-priest subject of sex abuse lawsuits dies

| March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Adamson was accused of sexually abusing boys in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona and was the subject of numerous lawsuits.

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Camino pilgrim: Physical, spiritual challenge brings great reward

Camino pilgrim: Physical, spiritual challenge brings great reward

| March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

For years, Annie Hinnenkamp of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

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Ramsey County attorney joins parishioners at restorative justice session

Ramsey County attorney joins parishioners at restorative justice session

| March 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Four years ago, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi’s office filed criminal and civil charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect children in the sexual abuse case of then-Father Curtis Wehmeyer.

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Archbishop Hebda: Driver’s licenses for all is a ‘moral imperative’

Archbishop Hebda: Driver’s licenses for all is a ‘moral imperative’

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda joined a call Feb. 21 by immigrants, lawmakers, business and law enforcement representatives to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, calling the issue “a moral imperative.”

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Serve and support: ‘That’s what we do’

Serve and support: ‘That’s what we do’

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

This year’s theme to support faith-based services across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says a lot about what it means to be Catholic.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps those most in need

Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps those most in need

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed Koerner is grateful the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation will provide a $50,000 grant this year to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Twin Cities.

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College costs, debt rising: Ways to adapt

College costs, debt rising: Ways to adapt

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

College debt hit $1.5 trillion for U.S. households last year, up from $1.2 trillion in 2017 and $500 billion higher than 2012’s $1 trillion.

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