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Jean Hopfensperger

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phone: 612-673-4511
Jean Hopfensperger covers religion, philanthropy and nonprofits in Minnesota.
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Minnesota Child Victims Act continues to rock Catholic Church

Minnesota Child Victims Act continues to rock Catholic Church

Fallout continues to jolt Catholic institutions across Minnesota as a law permitting lawsuits for older claims of clergy sex abuse marks its second anniversary.

Minneapolis churches host 'blessing of the bikes' May 31

Attention, Twin Cities bikers. Your ever-growing numbers have captured the attention of not just one but two Minneapolis churches, which will be offering a “blessing…
Judge: Parishes should have greater say in Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy

Judge: Parishes should have greater say in Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy

Bankruptcy judge also scolds archdiocese for low-profile ads to notify clergy abuse victims of claims deadline.
St. John's Abbey to open sex-abuse files on 19 monks

St. John's Abbey to open sex-abuse files on 19 monks

St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville will make public its files on 19 priests with credible charges of sex abuse, as part of a settlement reached with a man who sued the abbey for abuse he suffered as a teenager.
Ads seek abuse victims in Mpls.-St. Paul Archdiocese

Ads seek abuse victims in Mpls.-St. Paul Archdiocese

An Aug. 3 deadline for filing claims against archdiocese prompts campaign.
Time cut for abuse victims to file claims vs. archdiocese

Time cut for abuse victims to file claims vs. archdiocese

Aug. 3 date angers victims’ advocates; archdiocese says it will speed up reorganization.
Grand Rapids takes on Guinness Book of Records for wheelchair roll

Grand Rapids takes on Guinness Book of Records for wheelchair roll

Disability activist Myrna Peterson is working to bring at least 194 people in wheelchairs to town May 16 to set a record for “longest moving wheelchair line.”
Twin Cities Armenians, world mark 100 years of 'forgotten holocaust'

Twin Cities Armenians, world mark 100 years of 'forgotten holocaust'

In the days ahead, Minnesota will host a series of events to raise awareness of the deaths of an estimated 75 percent of Armenians in what is now eastern Turkey.

Christians and Muslims will number nearly the same by 2050, Pew predicts

By 2050, the number of Muslims could hit 2.7 billion — and nearly equal the number of Christians across the globe. Four out of every…
Minnesota will bid to land the 2023 World's Fair

Minnesota will bid to land the 2023 World's Fair

Civic leaders have begun the process to bring a world’s fair to Minnesota.
Minnesota will try to land 2023 World's Fair

Minnesota will try to land 2023 World's Fair

Civic leaders say Expo 2023 could draw 12 million visitors and put another spotlight on the state.

St. Paul Archdiocese to submit reorganization plan by Nov. 30

Judge gave church until Nov. 30 to file a reorganization plan in its bankruptcy proceedings.
Minneapolis Foundation turns 100, throws a party

Minneapolis Foundation turns 100, throws a party

It underwrote AIDS prevention in the 1980s when many funders were still leery, launched provocative ad campaigns to foster awareness of discrimination in the 1990s,…
Busy Easter as many faiths come together in Minneapolis church

Busy Easter as many faiths come together in Minneapolis church

Religious diversity reaches new heights as four groups meet in one Minneapolis church. While Easter season is busy for most Minnesota churches, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran may set the record for sheer diversity of worship.

New Ulm Diocese must release names of clergy accused of child sex abuse

Judge ruled that diocese created ‘public nuisance’ by allowing suspected priests to serve parishes.
Archdiocese asks bankruptcy court for more time to reorganize

Archdiocese asks bankruptcy court for more time to reorganize

Extension sought for filing reorganization plan in bankruptcy proceedings.

In a first, New Ulm Diocese names four clergy sex offenders

The diocese has yet to release the identities of all 12 priest sex offenders it has identified.
Vatican defrocks St. Paul priest convicted of sexually abusing two boys

Vatican defrocks St. Paul priest convicted of sexually abusing two boys

The Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer was convicted in 2013 of sexually abusing two boys.
April 20: In rebuilding a Minnesota church, cancer patient rebuilt his health

April 20: 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.
Minneapolis church offers drive-through prayers

Minneapolis church offers drive-through prayers

The sign outside the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in south Minneapolis announced its unusual public service: “Drive-through Prayer. Wednesdays during Lent 7-9 a.m.”
Obituary: John Novachis was business leader at Edina's shopping hub

Obituary: John Novachis was business leader at Edina's shopping hub

John Novachis ran an upscale men’s clothing store near the corner of 50th and France long before the area was trendy, outfitting customers ranging from…

Decoding Dyslexia group takes case to Legislature

The young students took turns before the microphone and explained that their teachers couldn’t teach them to read, made them feel stupid and often shuffled…
More abusive priests identified; victims ask: What took so long?

More abusive priests identified; victims ask: What took so long?

The archdiocese bankruptcy filing has stopped the lawsuits, but the public naming of clergy accused of sexually abusing children is picking up pace.
Twin Cities Archdiocese looks at selling well-known properties

Twin Cities Archdiocese looks at selling well-known properties

Local Catholic Church officials say money from the sale of its well-known real estate, including the archbishop’s residence and chancery building, would go toward paying debts from bankruptcy.
Insurance plays big role in archdiocese bankruptcy

Insurance plays big role in archdiocese bankruptcy

Insurance companies have paid up to 85 percent of abuse settlements nationally. They’re the invisible, powerful players.
Greater Twin Cities United Way courts a new generation

Greater Twin Cities United Way courts a new generation

The high-stakes overhaul comes as it faces a boom in millennial workers with limited ties to workplace giving, a growing desire by donors to make their own decisions and new competition.

National campaigns protest 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

A Minnesota nonprofit has launched a national campaign to give parents and others tools to protest the “humiliating and manipulative” sexual relationship depicted in the…
Wilfs jump into Minnesota philanthropy with $5M gift

Wilfs jump into Minnesota philanthropy with $5M gift

The donation comes when the Vikings continue to come under fire for the stadium-funding package, but the Wilfs say the timing is nothing special.

Nonprofit beat: Charities debate extending donation deadline

Should the deadline for charity tax deductions be extended to April 15, so tax filers can make last-minute donations? Or would it take a bite…
Archdiocese shifted assets before filing bankruptcy

Archdiocese shifted assets before filing bankruptcy

Local Catholic Church officials created nonprofit foundations, funds to potentially keep them out of creditors’ reach.
Jan. 16: Archdiocese's bankruptcy freezes lawsuits

Jan. 16: Archdiocese's bankruptcy freezes lawsuits

Archdiocese declares bankruptcy. Victims’ attorney supports the church’s move, but other victims say filing is a cop-out.
Judge orders archdiocese bankruptcy into mediation

Judge orders archdiocese bankruptcy into mediation

Archdiocese, victims’ attorneys say step will aid bankruptcy settlement.
Minnesota church women count words in Bible spoken by women

Minnesota church women count words in Bible spoken by women

A local author, lecturer and reverend began scouring the Bible three years ago to do something that apparently had never been done: the cataloging of every word uttered by every woman in the more than 2,000-year-old holy book.
Holocaust child survivors mark 70 years since 'miracle'

Holocaust child survivors mark 70 years since 'miracle'

Five Jewish children defied the odds, escaped the Nazis and settled here. Their survival was called "an exceptional experience."
Twin Cities Catholics brace for archdiocese bankruptcy fallout

Twin Cities Catholics brace for archdiocese bankruptcy fallout

Twin Cities Catholics going to mass this weekend saw something waiting for them along with the bulletins and hymnals — fliers explaining their church’s bankruptcy.
Archdiocese weighs bankruptcy, cites costs of sex abuse cases

Archdiocese weighs bankruptcy, cites costs of sex abuse cases

The report in the Catholic Spirit online newspaper says litigation claims are expected to grow beyond the $5.3 million the chancery has reserved for them. Only two cases have been settled so far.
Archdiocese could file for bankruptcy soon, experts predict

Archdiocese could file for bankruptcy soon, experts predict

The archdiocese faces the prospect of three clergy sex abuse lawsuits heading to court in 10 days. It previously indicated that it had just $5.3 million set aside for clergy abuse victims, even as it faced 25 current lawsuits with dozens more pending.
Oct. 15, 2013: Twin Cities woman sues Keating

Oct. 15, 2013: Twin Cities woman sues Keating

The Rev. Michael J. Keating, 57, a University of St. Thomas professor, has been accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old Twin Cities girl more than a decade ago, and of then giving her his car when she confronted him about the incidents eight years later.

Minnesota's professional organizers mark 20 years of cleaning up messes

  If your new year’s resolution is to get your life organized, an unusual Minnesota nonprofit could be of service. Unbeknown to most messy Minnesotans,…
Charities cashing in as shoppers round up at checkout

Charities cashing in as shoppers round up at checkout

An analysis showed checkout fundraisers across the nation raked in more than $348 million in 2012.
Pathways holds unusual niche in Minnesota health care

Pathways holds unusual niche in Minnesota health care

Uptown’s Pathways provides free services – including acupuncture, yoga and writing workshops – to people with life-threatening illnesses.

Giving beat: Study finds super altruism may be hardwired

While altruism may explode during the holiday season, some folks are extraordinarily generous year-round. Turns out that extreme altruists, such as folks who donate their…
Archdiocese hires criminal defense attorney in Nienstedt investigation

Archdiocese hires criminal defense attorney in Nienstedt investigation

Attorney Peter Wold has joined the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the archbishop.

Twin Cities archdiocese creates hot line for clergy abuse victims

An independent agency staffed by health professionals was hired to field the sensitive calls.

Foundation survey: Minnesotans donated $5.7 billion in 2012

Donations from within state totaled $5.7 billion in 2012.

Bush Foundation awards 2014 Community Innovation prizes

Breaking Free, a St. Paul nonprofit that helps young women escape prostitution, is among four Minnesota winners of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.The prizes…
Minnesota churches go gluten-free for communion

Minnesota churches go gluten-free for communion

The communion host, the centerpiece of Christian religious services, is undergoing a 21st-century transformation to match growing food sensitivities.

Archdiocese's parishes seek shelter from abuse claims

Pastors in the Twin Cities are organizing, hiring an attorney to protect against lawsuits.
Priest accused of child sex abuse extradited from India

Priest accused of child sex abuse extradited from India

The Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul faces years-old sex abuse charges from his time in the Crookston Diocese.

Animal rescues, schools, social services are top winners in Give to the Max Day

They top the list of favorites as Minnesotans pony up $18.3 million for 5,544 nonprofits.
Minnesotans dig deeper than ever on Give to the Max Day

Minnesotans dig deeper than ever on Give to the Max Day

The one-day charity marathon brought in more than $18 million.
St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese to lay off staff, cut budget

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese to lay off staff, cut budget

The $5 milllion in cuts to the chancery's operating budget is linked to abuse cases and other spending.
18,000 student volunteers head to the X for We Day Minnesota

18,000 student volunteers head to the X for We Day Minnesota

High school students who have participated in volunteer projects in the past year join forces for the second annual We Day celebration Wednesday.

Twin Cities Catholics criticize annulment process

The chances of getting an annulment from the Twin Cities archdiocese are among the lowest in the nation, and the waits are among the highest, according to a review of the Canon Law Society of America’s 2012 annual report, the most recent available.

Project Minnesota-León marks three decades of linking Nicaraguans and Minnesotans

It was 1984 when Bryce Hamilton traveled with a delegation to the war-torn country of Nicaragua, a small Central American nation then making big headlines…
17 more priest offenders are identified by St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese

17 more priest offenders are identified by St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese

The latest list brings to 55 the number of priests credibly accused of abuse while serving the archdiocese.
Obituary: Glen Berryman was longtime accounting professor at U's Carlson School

Obituary: Glen Berryman was longtime accounting professor at U's Carlson School

For students at the Carlson School of Management from the 1960s through the 1990s, Glen Berryman was the accounting professor with a reputation as a…
Archdiocese to tackle economic settlements for abuse victims

Archdiocese to tackle economic settlements for abuse victims

After the historic deal with the Twin Cities Archdiocese, the difficult job of settling other church lawsuits looms.
Church reached out to victims' lawyer after years of battles

Church reached out to victims' lawyer after years of battles

The historic settlement between the Twin Cities archdiocese and Minnesota’s top clergy abuse attorney was set in motion on a sunny afternoon in July. That’s when the phone rang in attorney Jeff Anderson’s office.
'We've forged a new way,' attorney says of clergy-abuse settlement

'We've forged a new way,' attorney says of clergy-abuse settlement

A settlement has been reached in a historic lawsuit that had forced the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release the names of its clergy child abusers and provide thousands of pages of documents about how it handled them.

Oct. 3: Abuse by 4 priests in Twin Cities, New Ulm alleged

All of the Minnesota priests are now deceased.
Files on Winona clergy who abused kids are made public

Files on Winona clergy who abused kids are made public

Newly unsealed papers expose child sexual abuse by 14 priests in the Winona Diocese. The documents also show that the diocese, led by Bishop John Quinn, above, “anticipates eventual bankruptcy.”
Settlement with archdiocese near in clergy sex abuse lawsuit

Settlement with archdiocese near in clergy sex abuse lawsuit

The proposed settlement is to be presented to court this morning.
Minnesota Muslims spread word that ISIL is not Islam

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.
Archdiocese assigns accused priests to decide annulments

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.
Historic meeting of clergy abuse survivors, Archbishop Nienstedt

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.
University of St. Thomas professor accused of abusing girl resigns

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."

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 donating stock. A new option…
Former priest pleads not guilty to abusing Hastings altar boy

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.
Judge allows 'public nuisance' claim against archdiocese

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.

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.

Winona Diocese appeals to move clergy abuse trial from Ramsey County

Attorneys argue that the church can’t get a fair trial in Ramsey County.
Archdiocese appoints ex-BCA chief to clergy abuse position

Archdiocese appoints ex-BCA chief to clergy abuse position

Timothy O’Malley, the former head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, will fill a leadership position created by the archdiocese in response to the wave of clergy abuse allegations in the past year.
More than 40 years later, man settles with church over sex abuse

More than 40 years later, man settles with church over sex abuse

Jon Jaker, above, who was abused as an 11-year-old boy in a St. Paul parish, has reached the first legal settlement with the archdiocese.
Gilda's Club opens in the Twin Cities, offering cancer support

Gilda's Club opens in the Twin Cities, offering cancer support

Fifteen years in the making, the club offers a menu of education, socializing and therapies for people living with cancer, as well as their families.
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