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Religious men and women celebrate significant jubilee anniversaries

Religious men and women celebrate significant jubilee anniversaries

| July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit is honored to highlight religious women and men who are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year and who are serving, have served or were born in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The following information was provided by the religious communities.

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Community builder Father Gillespie celebrates 50 years as a Dominican priest

Community builder Father Gillespie celebrates 50 years as a Dominican priest

| Debbie Musser | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Planting hope

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Religious sister commemorates her 60th jubilee and roles as a teacher, scientist and mentor

Religious sister commemorates her 60th jubilee and roles as a teacher, scientist and mentor

| Debbie Musser | July 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

A true servant of God

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Congratulations, jubilarians!

Congratulations, jubilarians!

| June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit is honored to celebrate the priests who are marking 10, 25, 50, 60 and 70 years of priestly ministry this year.

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Priestly jubilees: Celebrating lives in service to the Church

Priestly jubilees: Celebrating lives in service to the Church

| June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

This year, 16 archdiocesan priests are celebrating 10, 25 or 50 years of ministry. The Catholic Spirit asked three of them to share their stories: Father Gregory Skryper at 50 years, Father Michael Van Sloun at 25 years and Father Erik Lundgren at 10 years.

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For new priests, Mass attendees, ordination ‘a day of grace’

For new priests, Mass attendees, ordination ‘a day of grace’

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Paul Hedman admits to tearing up before and during his ordination Mass. Afterward, it seemed he couldn’t smile broadly enough. “I can’t put my reaction into words,” he said. The closest was “wow.”

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For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

For Deacon Barnes, priesthood ‘just made sense’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Austin Barnes, 26, vividly remembers his first time as an altar server, as a fourth grader at Holy Trinity in South St. Paul. For one, none of the other servers showed up. And a visiting priest was saying Mass.

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Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

Vocation confirmation came during Lourdes pilgrimage

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deacon Nathan Hastings hadn’t really thought about the priesthood growing up. “It wasn’t on my radar at all,” he said. He planned to become an engineer and get married.

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For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

For Deacon Hedman, playing Mass leads to praying Mass

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

The wish of Deacon Paul Hedman’s great-grandmother is about to come true.

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Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

Deacon Forner gently nudged along path to ‘spiritual fatherhood’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

On a retreat in Italy during his junior year in college, Deacon Clayton Forner was sitting in a chapel with an assignment: meditate on the Nativity. He was trying to place himself in the scene, imagining what he would see, smell, hear. And as prayed, he found himself viewing the scene through the eyes of Joseph — witnessing Jesus’ birth, wiping the infant with a towel and gazing upon him.

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Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

Deacon Martinez: ‘The Lord calls whom and when he wants’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

What began as a chance to meet new people on a mission trip in the Andes of Peru became an opportunity for God to reach more directly into Deacon Cesar Valencia Martinez’s life, calling him to the priesthood.

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Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

Deacon Tran put aside medical ambitions for ‘spiritual surgery’

| May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than a decade ago, Deacon Tim Tran had set his career path and was on his way to fulfilling it at the University of Minnesota.

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