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Vikings QB coach inspired by Sparano’s faith, priorities

Vikings QB coach inspired by Sparano’s faith, priorities

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski remembers going to Winter Park, the team’s old practice facility in Eden Prairie, to find offensive line coach Tony Sparano praying with his Bible in his office in the early morning before practice.

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Former Senate candidate meets with women who had abortions to better understand issue, effects

Former Senate candidate meets with women who had abortions to better understand issue, effects

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Casey Andrus of Chisago City had second thoughts during her first abortion procedure at the age of 18.

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Former delegates to Kitui send condolences after school bus crash

Former delegates to Kitui send condolences after school bus crash

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Condolences poured in from former Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis delegates to Kitui, Kenya, in the wake of a school bus crash that killed 10 students and injured another 27 from St. Gabriel’s Boarding Primary School in Mwingi, Kenya, Aug. 4.

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GHR Foundation cuts ties with Archbishop McCarrick

GHR Foundation cuts ties with Archbishop McCarrick

| August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

St. Paul-based GHR Foundation has cut ties with Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in the wake of his removal from ministry due to credible accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct earlier this summer.

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From farm to freeway, Rosemount parish celebrates 150 years

From farm to freeway, Rosemount parish celebrates 150 years

| August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dick Brand, 86, believes his farm family is one of the last of its kind at St. Joseph in Rosemount, a sprawling suburban parish that began as a mission in a farming community 150 years ago.

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Housing gap to remain a key poverty factor past 2020

Housing gap to remain a key poverty factor past 2020

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hope LaDuke stood in the wind near a concrete sound barrier along Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis Aug. 1. All of her belongings were stacked under a plastic tarp that measured roughly 5 feet square, and she pulled out a blanket that she would sleep under that night.

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Retiring faith formation director reflects on 50 years as catechist

Retiring faith formation director reflects on 50 years as catechist

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the faith formation classes at St. Stephen in Anoka wrapped up in May, its director of faith formation, Katie Gebhard, completed her 50th year in lay ministry. She retired this summer after a half-century serving in faith formation at the parish and diocesan level, as well as at a Catholic college and in a religious order. The Catholic Spirit recently interviewed Gebhard, 69, to learn about developments, challenges and blessings she’s seen in faith formation over the past 50 years. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

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School to demolish former St. Andrew church building

School to demolish former St. Andrew church building

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The [Save Historic St. Andrew’s] committee is still very much intent on trying to do what they can, if there is any way to save the building,” said Father John Forliti.

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Schools, theaters, cheese-making: Deconsecrated church use varies

Schools, theaters, cheese-making: Deconsecrated church use varies

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pinocchio’s story makes no mention of baptism when he became a real boy, but he’ll take center stage this month in the former sanctuary of All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, now the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

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After violent protests left them stranded in Haiti, St. Joseph mission trip team home safe

After violent protests left them stranded in Haiti, St. Joseph mission trip team home safe

| August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dave Berg can rest a little easier these days. He — and 16 other adults he led on a mission trip to Haiti — are home after protests over a spike in fuel prices closed airports, stranding them in the Caribbean nation.

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Local parishes can celebrate Blessed Casey’s first feast day

Local parishes can celebrate Blessed Casey’s first feast day

| July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blessed Casey, a Capuchin priest in Detroit, was born in 1870 in Oak Grove, Wisconsin, about 15 miles west of Hastings. His uncle was pastor of St. Michael in Stillwater, where a young Solanus was confirmed. As a teenager, Father Casey was in the care of his priest-uncle and worked odd jobs in Stillwater, including at a lumber mill and brick kiln.

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Bishop Cozzens spotlights ‘Humanae Vitae’

Bishop Cozzens spotlights ‘Humanae Vitae’

| July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fifty years ago, Blessed Pope Paul VI articulated the gift of the Church’s positive vision of human sexuality in the encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” and its message is a stark contrast to the false vision of sexuality that society promotes, said Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens. An example of that “false vision,” he said, can be found along Minnesota highways in the form of billboards advertising vasectomies.

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