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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New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

New Prague area Catholics not surprised, but many still sad about merger announcement

| October 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Six parishes in the southwestern part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are slated to merge under the strategic plan announced Oct. 16, and most parishioners are not surprised.

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Plan sets parameters for schools’ own strategic process

Plan sets parameters for schools’ own strategic process

| October 16, 2010

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are at the beginning of their own strategic planning process.

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Town hall-style meeting Oct. 27 to address church’s teaching on marriage

Town hall-style meeting Oct. 27 to address church’s teaching on marriage

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Two archdiocesan priests will address Catholics’ questions about the church’s teaching on marriage and family Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton.

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All of late pope’s life pointed to Christ, writes biographer in sequel

All of late pope’s life pointed to Christ, writes biographer in sequel

| October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

It was Good Friday 2005, and Pope John Paul II was too weak to attend the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, an 18th century tradition reestablished by Pope Paul VI in 1964. His aides brought in a TV as a means of participation, and he watched the throng of people meditate on the passion, holding candles in the dark against the domineering Roman arches.

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Lansing, Buffalo dioceses models in strategic planning process

Lansing, Buffalo dioceses models in strategic planning process

| October 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

A slumping economy and population declines have impacted every facet of life around Buffalo, N.Y., over the last several decades as industry began to wane along Lake Erie’s shore. Many businesses, schools and banks closed or merged. Mass attendance, Catholic school en­rollment and baptisms declined.

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Hometown glory: ‘The Catholic Guy’ gets day named for him in Twin Cities

Hometown glory: ‘The Catholic Guy’ gets day named for him in Twin Cities

| September 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

How do you get a lobster, pub grub and a whole day named after you? If you’re Lino Rulli, you just ask. Sept. 29 was Lino Rulli Day in St. Paul and Minneapolis, officially declared so by the cities’ mayors, Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak.

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St. Joseph’s administrator roots values in founding sisters’ vision

St. Joseph’s administrator roots values in founding sisters’ vision

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

When Phyllis Novitskie, 59, began her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul in 1977, she was fresh from Winona State University and was adventurously planning to move to Alaska in a year’s time to be a public health nurse. As her first year ended, however, she decided to stay. She loved the […]

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Equality, joy at heart of parish administrative assistant’s work

Equality, joy at heart of parish administrative assistant’s work

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

“Make a good day,” Margaret Ahles’ father used to tell her when he dropped her off at Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park, where she attended high school. Today, she tells her own children the same thing. They are words she strives to live by, she said, and she applies them to her work as […]

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Teen Center manager sees Christ in kids with troubles

Teen Center manager sees Christ in kids with troubles

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

It was almost 11 a.m. — opening time for the Teen Center at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Already, 13 kids stood by the door, restlessly awaiting the arrival of the center’s manager, Rob Wills. Within minutes, Wills’ white van appeared, and six kids hurried to meet him. He wore camouflage shorts, a black […]

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Transparency, collaboration fruits of foundation president’s values

Transparency, collaboration fruits of foundation president’s values

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Catholic Community Foundation president Marilou Eldred sums up her leadership in three words: collaborative, decisive, transparent. And with humor, she added. “I don’t think I could get through the day without laughing a few times,” she said. The Catholic Community Foundation is the largest U.S. community foundation serving Catholic philanthropy. CCF does not invest with […]

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Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

Can Catholics and Muslims get along?

| September 22, 2010 | 6 Comments

Ramadan ended Sept. 10, but the controversy over the proposed Manhattan mosque that colored the Muslim month of fasting this year has not.

The mosque debate has sparked a good deal of general anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, and the phenomenon appears to be growing, said University of St. Thomas theology professor Adil Ozdemir, a Muslim who teaches courses on Islam.

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Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

Exorcism: It’s on the big screen, but is it still in the church?

| September 21, 2010 | 13 Comments

So, what does the church teach about exorcism and evil in general? Are demons real, or are they products of mental illness? What should someone do if they suspect an evil spirit is affecting his or her life?

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