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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Cultural immersion, a year later

Cultural immersion, a year later

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Eight of us Minnesotans were sharing stories with a community of Indian sisters over tea, bananas and savory pastries at their kitchen table when they began to detail a catastrophic flood that affected their convent in the fall of 2018. And then one sister, who had a generous smile, turned serious. She closed her eyes and started to sing a solemn song, her voice trilling the melody. The other sisters joined in.

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If it’s the blood of Christ, how could drinking from the chalice make me sick?

If it’s the blood of Christ, how could drinking from the chalice make me sick?

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Tom Margevicius, the archdiocese’s director of worship, said that it boils down to the Church’s understanding of the Eucharist.

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St. Thomas Academy, Visitation close after parent diagnosed with COVID-19; archdiocese outlines plan for potential Catholic school closures

St. Thomas Academy, Visitation close after parent diagnosed with COVID-19; archdiocese outlines plan for potential Catholic school closures

| March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The parent of a St. Thomas Academy student has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Mendota Heights school has cancelled classes and activities for March 12-13 “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a school leader.

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Archbishop: Instead of abortion providers, Twin Cities should honor people who ‘create a culture of life’

Archbishop: Instead of abortion providers, Twin Cities should honor people who ‘create a culture of life’

| March 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda said he was “profoundly saddened” that elected officials in St. Paul and Minneapolis declared March 10 Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.

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Sex abuse claims against deceased New Brighton pastor under investigation

Sex abuse claims against deceased New Brighton pastor under investigation

| March 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Msgr. Paul Koscielniak, the parish’s pastor from 1950-1977, has been accused of abusing an altar server multiple times between 1969 and 1975, when the boy was between the ages of 10 and 15.

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Sioux Falls priests know Bishop DeGrood from seminary days

Sioux Falls priests know Bishop DeGrood from seminary days

| February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Obi-wan Degrood

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Bishop DeGrood — Their son and brother, a bishop

Bishop DeGrood — Their son and brother, a bishop

| February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the reception following the ordination Mass, Joanne DeGrood sat at a table with Judy Cozzens, the mother of Bishop Andrew Cozzens. Both women are now members of the “MOB” — mothers of bishops, Judy said with a laugh. But the women’s connection, Judy explained, goes back to their sons’ first year of seminary and their close friendship.

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Catholics from the archdiocese make trip to Sioux Falls to honor Bishop DeGrood

Catholics from the archdiocese make trip to Sioux Falls to honor Bishop DeGrood

| February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

‘I am forever grateful for him’

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At ordination, Bishop DeGrood called upon to make missionaries, disciples

At ordination, Bishop DeGrood called upon to make missionaries, disciples

| February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

At ordination, Bishop DeGrood called upon to make missionaries, disciples

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Seminar speakers: ‘Gender ideology’ spreads false idea of human person, doesn’t belong in Catholic education 

Seminar speakers: ‘Gender ideology’ spreads false idea of human person, doesn’t belong in Catholic education 

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a culture where public school policies are increasingly pushing parents out of important conversations about their child’s sexual identity and gender expression, Catholic educators need to take an opposite approach, speakers told two gatherings of pastors, Catholic school leaders and religious education directors Feb. 20-21.  Sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ […]

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New guidelines for Catholic schools affirm students’ sexual identity as biological sex, opposing gender theory

New guidelines for Catholic schools affirm students’ sexual identity as biological sex, opposing gender theory

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic schools and religious education programs in Minnesota dioceses are to relate to students “in a way that is respectful of and consistent with each student’s God-given sexual identity and biological sex,” the document states.

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Catholic Services Appeal aims to raise $6.9 million to fund 20 ministries

Catholic Services Appeal aims to raise $6.9 million to fund 20 ministries

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The scene might feel familiar: A priest stands at the front of his church and asks the congregation to sit and learn about the annual Catholic Services Appeal.

People groan. Eyes roll. A baby cries.

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