Rest in Peace Tom Johnson – The Call to Continue His Work

Last Saturday, on a beautiful June morning, family, friends and colleagues of Tom Johnson celebrated his remarkable life and important work at Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis. Although attendance for Tom’s funeral was significantly limited due to COVID, Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan and Senator Klobuchar were all in attendance. After the funeral, which … Continue reading Rest in Peace Tom Johnson – The Call to Continue His Work

Reflections on a Year as Liaison for Restorative Justice and Healing

July 1, 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of my appointment as Liaison for Restorative Justice and Healing in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This date also marked 15 years that I have served as a pastor in the archdiocese. I see so many bridges between the work of restorative justice and the ministry … Continue reading Reflections on a Year as Liaison for Restorative Justice and Healing

Culture Change Regarding Racial Justice is Possible in Minnesota and Nationally

 DAVE HRBACEK | THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT June 5, 2020 marked the fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking charges brought by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office (RCAO) against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis (ASPM). In bringing criminal charges and a civil suit, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi stated that he was seeking a change of … Continue reading Culture Change Regarding Racial Justice is Possible in Minnesota and Nationally

The Global Pandemic Reveals Structures of Sin and Systemic Injustice

One of the main dimensions of Catholic social teaching is the prophetic voice which names social sin and injustice on behalf of God and onto greater flourishing for those who are suffering. This aspect of the social gospel relates to the role of the prophet in Hebrew Scripture whose sacred task was to move God’s … Continue reading The Global Pandemic Reveals Structures of Sin and Systemic Injustice