Jean Hopfensperger

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

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Minnesota Muslims spread word that ISIL is not Islam

The beheadings and warfare have added new urgency to Minnesota Muslims’ message of charity and service.

Updated: October 05, 2014, - 12:04 AM

National bullying prevention project takes off

When the National Bullying Prevention Center launched its first nationwide campaign in October 2006, the goal was to put a...

Updated: September 29, 2014, - 06:20 PM

Archdiocese assigns accused priests to decide annulments

A church tribunal that determines the sensitive issue of whether Twin Cities Catholics can annul their marriages has employed priests known to have engaged in sexual improprieties, according to a Star Tribune investigation.

Updated: September 26, 2014, - 05:16 AM

Historic meeting of clergy abuse survivors, Archbishop Nienstedt

It was a first in Minnesota, and perhaps a first in the nation. A support group for survivors of clergy sex abuse hosting the man who represents the church they believe betrayed them.

Updated: September 23, 2014, - 07:43 AM

University of St. Thomas professor accused of abusing girl resigns

The Rev. Michael Keating, shown in the held photo, said he was resigning in light of "employment options and long-standing goals."

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 10:45 PM

Philanthropy beat: United Way to accept bitcoin donations

The United Way Worldwide has long offered several ways for supporters to donate, such as workplace campaigns, planned giving and...

Updated: September 16, 2014, - 07:32 PM

Philanthropy Beat: New incentive for food donations: a free brake job

Food shelf fundraisers typically involve events such as walks, runs and church food drives. But Signal Garage in West St....

Updated: September 08, 2014, - 08:07 PM

Former priest pleads not guilty to abusing Hastings altar boy

Francis Hoefgen, 64, is accused of abusing an altar boy multiple times at a Hastings parish.

Updated: September 05, 2014, - 09:37 PM

Judge allows 'public nuisance' claim against archdiocese

A Ramsey County district judge has ruled that a public nuisance claim against the archdiocese can move forward — a claim that has triggered the unprecedented release of documents on clergy sex offenders over the past year.

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 11:50 PM

Minneapolis priest says Nienstedt must resign if church is to heal

Pastor at St. Olaf parish says archbishop’s handling of abuse scandal has hurt Archdiocese.

Updated: September 02, 2014, - 05:54 AM

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