Joe Ruff

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

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Bouncing back from MIAC removal, UST announces Division I alignment

Bouncing back from MIAC removal, UST announces Division I alignment

| July 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

It only took a year as the University of St. Thomas bounced back July 15 from its involuntary removal from the Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to announce it will compete in Division I.

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Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children is closing; officials cite it as progress

Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children is closing; officials cite it as progress

| July 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

It’s not often the closing of a social service center is hailed as progress. 

But that’s the case for Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis, which in cooperation with Hennepin County will close as an emergency shelter for child protection in August and as a central intake for child protection placements by the end of the year.

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Foundation invests $1.2 million in Catholic elementary schools

Foundation invests $1.2 million in Catholic elementary schools

| June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

A $1.2 million challenge grant will help Catholic elementary schools enroll more students from across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Archbishop Hebda encourages and thanks care center residents for their support in pandemic

Archbishop Hebda encourages and thanks care center residents for their support in pandemic

| June 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Expressing gratitude for the prayers and support of seniors and others in care centers, encouraging them in their faith in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and praying with them for an end to the pandemic and “peace in our families and in our cities,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda shared his time and prayers in a special video on Facebook.

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1960s peace activist reflects on George Floyd’s death and its aftermath

1960s peace activist reflects on George Floyd’s death and its aftermath

| June 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Jim Mengel, 91, watched neighborhoods in the Twin Cities burn from his room at Cerenity Senior Care in White Bear Lake after the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African American who died while pinned under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.

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Catholic Charities’ leader Tim Marx prepares to step down; will remain until successor is in place

Catholic Charities’ leader Tim Marx prepares to step down; will remain until successor is in place

| June 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

After nearly 10 years at the helm of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, president and CEO Tim Marx said June 12 he is starting the hard work of stepping away. The search for a successor and the process of handing over the reins will take the rest of this year and into 2021, he said.

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Minnesota governor announces slightly wider opening of church doors effective June 10

Minnesota governor announces slightly wider opening of church doors effective June 10

| June 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said June 5 that effective June 10 his “Stay Safe Minnesota” plan will allow 50 percent capacity at church gatherings, up from 25 percent that has been in effect since May 27. But the maximum number of people expected at liturgies and other events remains at 250.

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St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to rebuild, continue helping Lake Street neighborhood

St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to rebuild, continue helping Lake Street neighborhood

| June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Vowing to rebuild and help the surrounding community do the same, Ed Koerner, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Twin Cities, and Wayne Bugg, associate director, said their first priority is not their ransacked, nonprofit thrift store on Lake Street in Minneapolis, but getting food to those in need.

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Archbishop Hebda calls on the Holy Spirit in civil unrest, pandemic

Archbishop Hebda calls on the Holy Spirit in civil unrest, pandemic

| June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Calling on faith in the Holy Spirit’s presence amid civil unrest and a global pandemic, Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated Pentecost May 31 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What began as a chance to meet new people on a mission trip in the Andes of Peru became an opportunity for God to reach more directly into Deacon Cesar Valencia Martinez’s life, calling him to the priesthood.

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Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

Deacon Icochea desires to meet Church’s need for sacraments

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Yamato Icochea looks forward to helping people in ways only a Catholic priest can: providing the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and confession.

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Three priests, volunteer test positive for COVID-19 at Annandale parish

Three priests, volunteer test positive for COVID-19 at Annandale parish

| May 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Three priests at St. Ignatius in Annandale and a volunteer at a Mother’s Day flower distribution have tested positive for COVID-19. All liturgies there are temporarily suspended.

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