News Notes – February 28, 2013

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MN FoodShare: Parish Lenten food drive opportunity

The Minnesota Catholic Conference is a sponsoring member of Minnesota FoodShare, an organization that has worked for more than 30 years to fight hunger in Minnesota. Each year, the FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state, and it recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and community groups to run local fund and food drives to restock almost 300 food shelves across Minnesota. In 2012, the campaign raised nearly $8.5 million and distributed more than 4.4 million pounds of food.

The March Campaign is an easy way for parishes and others to participate in the efforts of Minnesota FoodShare. The food drive is especially timely during Lent, as this campaign provides an opportunity for Catholics to perform the first of the corporal works of mercy:  feeding the hungry.

Participating in the campaign is easy.  Ask your pastor or social ministry coordinator to include your parish in the campaign. For more information, contact Minnesota FoodShare at (612) 276-1530 or visit the website at

Hill-Murray girls take 2nd in state hockey

The girls hockey team at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood finished second at the State Class AA tournament Feb. 23 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Pioneers advanced to the finals with wins over Eagan (6-2) in the quarterfinals and Eden Prairie (2-1) in the finals. In the championship game, Hill-Murray lost to Minnetonka 3-1.

It was the second consecutive state championship for the Skippers, who defeated Lakeville North 4-3 in six overtimes, which was the longest game in state hockey tournament history.

Local doctor named Trustee of the Year

Dr. John Manion of St. Thomas the Apostle in south Minneapolis recently was named the 2013 Trustee of the Year by Aging Services of Minnesota, the state’s largest association of organizations serving seniors. He received the award Feb. 6 at a gathering in Minneapolis for the 2013 Aging Services Institute.

Dr. Manion serves on the board of directors of St. Therese, a nonprofit Catholic organization that offers senior care and housing at three locations in the Twin Cities. He has served on the board since 1994 and has played a key role in carrying out the mission of St. Therese, according to the current president and CEO, Barbara Rode.

“When I first came to Saint Therese as CEO, he took me on his rounds so I could experience first-hand how important individualized care is; that is the key to providing great palliative and hospice care,” Rode said. “His outstanding leadership on the board has helped guide the development of many programs designed to assist seniors and others who needed services.”

Dr. Manion and his wife Patricia have five children.

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