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Retirement fund helps care for members, support ministries

Retirement fund helps care for members, support ministries

| December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the five decades Sister Kathleen Mary Kiemen has been a religious sister, her work has included teaching, parish ministry and environmental activism. For a time, she also helped fellow members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame transition successfully from working to retirement.

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Recent college grad spreads message of human dignity, sexual integrity

Recent college grad spreads message of human dignity, sexual integrity

| Jessica Weinberger | December 4, 2017 | 1 Comment

“Ever since coming into the Catholic Church, God looked at my plans and my heart and said, ‘I have a script for you to follow,’” Orenge said.

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Silver screen sermon: Priest plays himself in ‘Lady Bird’

Silver screen sermon: Priest plays himself in ‘Lady Bird’

| Carol Zimmermann | November 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Part of a voice-over in the trailer for “Lady Bird” — playing over scenes from the movie and in between dialogue — comes from a homily delivered to Catholic high school students attending a school Mass in the beginning of the movie.

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Local ‘patrons’ help revitalize historic Vatican art

Local ‘patrons’ help revitalize historic Vatican art

| Melenie Soucheray | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are more than two dozen Vatican museums full of new and old artwork representing centuries of cultures and faiths from all over the world. And every year, nearly 6 million people view the art, architecture and ethno-anthropology, from small, fragile pieces to the larger-than-life frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Art historians say the works are a testament to God’s creation and tools for evangelization.

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Author: Reformation continues to shape world

Author: Reformation continues to shape world

| Dennis Sadowski | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Modern society — largely defined by capitalism and consumerism, burgeoning technology, religious-like allegiance to nation and the rise in secularism — has its roots in the Protestant Reformation, says historian Brad S. Gregory. And both are intertwined much more than a lot of people think, he said.

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In new book, Father Joncas reflects on suffering from rare disorder

In new book, Father Joncas reflects on suffering from rare disorder

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2003, prolific composer, professor and priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Father Michael Joncas was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. He wrote about the experience in “On Eagle’s Wings: A Journey Through Illness Toward Healing,” released last month by Twenty-Third Publications. The Catholic Spirit interviewed him by email. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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Son’s space station stint evokes St. Hubert parishioners’ anxiety, pride

Son’s space station stint evokes St. Hubert parishioners’ anxiety, pride

| November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tom and Mary Vande Hei have gone out to the backyard of their Chanhassen home a few times in recent weeks to look up at the night sky, but they haven’t been looking for stars, comets or the northern lights.

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The Catholic Church and Halloween

The Catholic Church and Halloween

| Joe Kelly | October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The medieval Catholic Church created the feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 to honor the blessed people who could not be included in the church’s formal list of saints. In England, the word “hallow” was used to mean the sacred, and thus there the day was All Hallows’ Day.

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For semester, seminarians live on ‘Irish island’ in  the center  of Rome

For semester, seminarians live on ‘Irish island’ in the center of Rome

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Each day, 11 St. John Vianney College seminarians staying at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome are served a side of potatoes with their Italian pasta as they experience a confluence of cultures through Irish hospitality and other glimpses of the universal Church.

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Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

Irish folklife expert says Halloween traditions began in Ireland

| Sarah Mac Donald | October 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

As the seasonal carving of pumpkins gets underway, an Irish folklife expert said there is evidence that the tradition, which is synonymous with Halloween jack-o-lanterns in the United States, actually began in Ireland.

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Concert to benefit Venezuelan mission

Concert to benefit Venezuelan mission

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Known for her clear, sweet-sounding voice and prayerful lyrics, Catholic singer Danielle Rose will perform a concert at St. Stephen in Anoka Nov. 4 in support of the Venezuela mission sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Mobile clinic relies on power of ultrasounds to save lives

Mobile clinic relies on power of ultrasounds to save lives

| Jessica Weinberger | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a bustling Target parking lot in Shakopee, it’s difficult for busy shoppers to miss the large 31-foot RV parked prominently in the back with a sign listing a menu of free services, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and other resources. And that’s exactly what Alpha Women’s Center Executive Director Anne Fredrickson hopes.

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