Maria Wiering

Maria is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can email her at wieringm@archspm.org.

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Celestial space: A St. Paul convent-turned-hotel celebrates its legacy

Celestial space: A St. Paul convent-turned-hotel celebrates its legacy

| November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Decades before the Beaux-Arts style building was remodeled as the Celeste St. Paul Hotel + Bar, it was home to scores of Sisters of St. Joseph.

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Known for striking modern design, St. Thomas Aquinas church turns 50

Known for striking modern design, St. Thomas Aquinas church turns 50

| July 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rapson was then the dean of the University of Minnesota’s architecture school and a notable Modernist architect. Among his designs were the original Guthrie Theater, which opened in 1963 on the grounds of the Walker Art Center, as well as the Cedar Square West complex now known as Riverside Plaza, both in Minneapolis. He also designed furniture, including the “Rapson Rapid Rocker” in 1945 for Knoll Furniture.

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Deacon Damiani removed from ministry after allegations of fund-misuse at Gichitwaa Kateri

Deacon Damiani removed from ministry after allegations of fund-misuse at Gichitwaa Kateri

| July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

The decision came after the archdiocese in 2016 received information suggesting a possible misuse of funds at Gichitwaa Kateri, where Deacon Damiani was serving, Archbishop Hebda said. The archdiocese reported the information to law enforcement, which concluded in May that no charges would be filed.

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With hope for local Church renewal, charismatic Mass opens pre-synod process

With hope for local Church renewal, charismatic Mass opens pre-synod process

| June 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mass marked the beginning of a process leading up to an archdiocesan synod, a gathering of delegates from around the archdiocese to discern, with the archbishop, pastoral priorities for the archdiocese’s immediate future.

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Synod 101

Synod 101

| June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

For Catholics familiar with the term, a “synod” evokes the idea of the Synod of Bishops, or a gathering of bishops at the Vatican to discuss a particular topic, sometimes over several weeks. Recent synods of this kind include the Synods of Bishops on the Family in 2014 and 2015, and the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment in 2018.

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Synod process aims to be collaborative, wide-reaching and led by Holy Spirit

Synod process aims to be collaborative, wide-reaching and led by Holy Spirit

| June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

In autumn 2015, Archbishop Bernard Hebda was apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, an interim role to help the local Church transition between archbishops. He held 10 listening sessions around the archdiocese to gather information for the next archbishop — only to have Pope Francis appoint him to the job the following March.

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Father Gifford let go of music aspirations to say ‘yes’ to God

Father Gifford let go of music aspirations to say ‘yes’ to God

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Gifford traded the stage for the sanctuary. The 27-year-old newly ordained priest was on track for a promising career in opera when he discerned God was calling him to the priesthood.

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Retired Catholic Cemeteries director reflects on four decades in field

Retired Catholic Cemeteries director reflects on four decades in field

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

John Cherek didn’t set out to work in cemeteries. In 1981, he was working as a parish administrator at St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake when the pastor, Father Michael Kennedy, told him that he was going to be in charge of the parish cemetery.

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St. Paul attorney sues Vatican for documentation of clergy offenders, cover-ups

St. Paul attorney sues Vatican for documentation of clergy offenders, cover-ups

| May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson announced May 14 that he is representing five sexual abuse survivors suing the Holy See for names of clergy sexual abuse offenders worldwide and the names of Church leaders who have been involved in abuse cover-up.

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St. John Vianney’s heart in Twin Cities May 30-31

St. John Vianney’s heart in Twin Cities May 30-31

| May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The heart of St. John Vianney — patron saint of priests and the secondary patron of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, after the Apostle Paul — will be venerated at two local parishes at the end of May. Holy Family in St. Louis Park will host the relic May 30, and the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul will host it May 31.

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Portraitist reviving talent by painting 50 modern saints

Portraitist reviving talent by painting 50 modern saints

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite a longtime love for painting and a bachelor’s degree in studio art, Bernadette Gockowski set down her brushes after college. For nine years, she didn’t make art. When she picked them back up last year, it was begrudgingly.

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Archbishop: Pope’s legislation on clergy abuse includes ‘groundbreaking provisions’

Archbishop: Pope’s legislation on clergy abuse includes ‘groundbreaking provisions’

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I am grateful that these new norms envision the meaningful engagement of lay experts, whose professional skills are clearly needed to accomplish this difficult work,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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