Joe Ruff

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

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Archbishop Hebda to join ‘The Rosary Guy’ family Sept. 8 on Facebook

Archbishop Hebda to join ‘The Rosary Guy’ family Sept. 8 on Facebook

| September 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

The rosary ministry of the late Matt Wiederkehr, known on Facebook as “The Rosary Guy,” has only grown in the wake of his death at age 90, one year ago this month.

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Archbishop Hebda, Lutheran bishop discuss welcoming refugees, migrants

Archbishop Hebda, Lutheran bishop discuss welcoming refugees, migrants

| September 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a virtual format with about 150 people listening and participating online, Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Lutheran Bishop Ann Svennungsen Aug. 31 discussed scriptural and faith traditions that undergird both Christian denominations’ call to welcome migrants and refugees.

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‘In sickness and in health’ — over seven decades

‘In sickness and in health’ — over seven decades

| August 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pandemic effects are latest hurdle for St. Paul couple

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More than 200 gather near State Capitol to begin 54-day rosary novena

More than 200 gather near State Capitol to begin 54-day rosary novena

| August 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than 200 people, many bearing signs and posters with the Blessed Virgin Mary’s image, and each one holding a rosary, prayed for more than an hour at a park near the State Capitol in St. Paul Aug. 15 as they began a 54-day rosary novena for peace and healing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, racial tensions and political divisions.

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Catholic schools prepare for in-person learning, with flexibility as needs arise

Catholic schools prepare for in-person learning, with flexibility as needs arise

| August 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Brandi Brandstrom of St. Timothy in Maple Lake knows what she wants for her children this fall, even during the novel coronavirus pandemic: in-person learning at St. Timothy’s School.

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St. Paul church temporarily closes after visiting priest tests positive for coronavirus

St. Paul church temporarily closes after visiting priest tests positive for coronavirus

| August 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

St. Louis King of France church and its ministries in downtown St. Paul closed Aug. 4 as Marist priests serving there went into quarantine because a visiting priest tested positive for COVID-19.

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Undocumented immigrants with COVID symptoms may be suffering in silence

Undocumented immigrants with COVID symptoms may be suffering in silence

| August 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Raul Castaneda, 48, didn’t feel well, with fluctuating fevers and fatigue, in the two weeks before he died of COVID-19 in April. But he didn’t want to seek medical attention.

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St. Thomas joins Division I men’s hockey

St. Thomas joins Division I men’s hockey

| July 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The final piece of the puzzle is in place.
As the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul moves from Division III athletics to Division I, it announced July 29 that it has found a home for its men’s hockey program in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

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Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children leaves lasting legacy

Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children leaves lasting legacy

| July 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

It was a saving grace for Kevin Hart, who grew up without parents and was shuttled from one temporary home to another before landing at Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis.

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Archdiocese calls attention to new Minnesota mask mandate

Archdiocese calls attention to new Minnesota mask mandate

| July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis July 24 updated guidance for laity and clergy on masks at Mass and other liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic: They are now required.

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Deacon Kenney served five parishes

Deacon Kenney served five parishes

| July 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Joseph Kenney of St. Paul, who served five parishes following his ordination in 1981, died July 21 at age 82.

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Catholic schools’ letter stresses preparedness, community effort

Catholic schools’ letter stresses preparedness, community effort

| July 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

A July 20 letter to Catholic school parents and families stresses preparations being made in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for returning to classrooms this fall, and the community effort it will take after last spring’s closings and shift to online learning due to the novel coronavirus.

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