Jean Hopfensperger

Reporter | Reporter - Philanthropy/Nonprofits
Phone: 612-673-4511
Jean Hopfensperger covers religion, philanthropy and nonprofits in Minnesota.

Recent content from Jean Hopfensperger

Ham Lake talk sets aside discord to heal a hurting Catholic Church

As many Minnesota Catholics struggle to reconcile their faith with the revelations of clergy sexual abuse, a gathering at the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake provided one grass-roots model to bridge the divide.

Updated: May 10, 2014, - 02:40 PM

May 8: Privacy vs. public safety argued in abuse case

Hearing begins in lawsuit over whether names of accused priests should be revealed.

Updated: May 08, 2014, - 09:38 PM

On the beat: MS 150 bike ride is a family affair

When the MS 150 bike ride takes off for Duluth in June, the Zylstra family will have a particularly strong...

Updated: May 05, 2014, - 07:12 PM

Giving beat: 'Save Darfur' Facebook philanthropy falls flat

The “Save Darfur” cause on Facebook drew more than 1 million members between 2007 and 2010, drawing attention to the...

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 06:05 PM

Ex-archdiocese deputy: Clergy abusers given jobs, financial assistance

The Rev. Kevin McDonough testified that he often destroyed notes from his meetings on priests' sex misconduct.

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 12:44 PM

April 24: Nienstedt's testimony spurs calls for reform

Even as Nienstedt’s testimony stoked new debate among 800,000 Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, there were pleas from all sides to reform how the church handles child abusers.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 11:37 AM

Archbishop says he was unaware of most child sex abuse issues

Archbishop John Nienstedt said he was not aware that known child sex abusers were working in various capacities at the archdiocese during his tenure, a court deposition revealed.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 05:48 AM

Philanthropy beat: Twins fans can vote on which charity benefits from MLB All-Star Game

When Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game comes to Target Field in July, it will bring more than the nation’s top...

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 07:04 AM

Archbishop Nienstedt's clergy abuse testimony to be released today

A judge ordered the deposition over the objection of attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 05:59 AM

In rebuilding a Minnesota church, cancer patient rebuilt his health

Cancer patient Greg Thomas credits his work to renovate a little century-old church near Montgomery, Minn., with getting his health back on track.

Updated: April 20, 2014, - 06:57 AM

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